What the Hail? Massive Ice Balls Drop in Oklahoma and ... Hawaii?
You've heard people say it, though you've perhaps not always believed it:
"Hailstones the size of ______."
Golf balls. Baseballs. Grapefruits. If you've never seen oversize hailstones falling out of the sky, it's hard to imagine that they are really as big as described.
But they can be. Giant ones fell on northwest Oklahoma yesterday; according to a CBS News report, two people were injured and numerous vehicles were, understandably, damaged.
Check out this surreal video recorded yesterday in Woodward, Oklahoma:
Here's another from the same storm. It starts a little slow, but stick with it:
In other hailstone news, last month saw a record-setting hailstone land in Hawaii. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association described the chunk, which fell to earth on March 9, as having "the diameter of roughly that of a grapefruit." Here's the official photo from NOAA:
To answer your next question: No, hail is not common in Hawaii. Hail is in fact extremely rare -- according to NOAA, it "has been reported in Hawaii only eight times since records began, and there is no record of hail larger than 1 inch in diameter."
So given that fact, many of the bits you see falling in this video below (taken March 6) would have been record-setting hailstones by Hawaiian standards -- had not the monster shown above come along and killed the category.
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