Largest Hail Stone Ever

Here’s a picture of the largest hail stone in terms of weight (1.94 pounds) and diameter (8.0 inches) to ever be preserved. It fell last Friday, July 23rd, in Vivian, South Dakota.

*Photo Courtesy of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The stone is now at the cold lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

A hail stone that fell in Aurora, NE a few years ago is still in the record books for greatest circumference, just slightly larger than this stone.

The plan is to make a casting of this stone so that replicas can be displayed in various museums and weather service offices.



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