Via NPR: In Vivian, South Dakota-The Largest Hailstone Ever Recorded?

Full audio here.

The previous record was 7 in in diameter, and fell to the ground in Aurora, Nebraska in 2003.  This is not quite official yet, but is measuring 8 in in diameter and weighing in at 1 lb 15 oz, and was perhaps as large as 11 in before it melted to measured size.

Here’s a graphic on hail formation, and some more information here.  It takes a tremendous amount of lift to keep stones that big aloft.

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