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Mon May 25, 2020, 05:42 AM

Hailstones bigger than many grapefruits pummel a north Texas town on Friday

There's hail, there's big hail, and then there's what fell on Burkburnett, Texas, about 10 miles north of Wichita Falls, on Friday afternoon. Hail topping five inches in diameter crashed like meteors on the town, punching holes through home roofs and leaving craters in the ground.

Officially, the largest recovered stone came in at a whopping 5.33 inches across, roughly the length of an iPhone 6. To put it differently, this hail was wider than many grapefruits and exceeded the diameter of a typical DVD. It weighed in at nearly a pound.

One of the largest hailstones was first measured by a broadcast meteorologist from a Wichita Falls station, which led to the 5.33-inch value that officially went in the books. Rick Smith, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla., stopped by to investigate the hail while en route to inspect for nearby tornado damage.

"I went down there to survey the tornado tracks, and was especially interested in what happened west of Bowie," Smith said. He said he was skeptical after seeing the photos on social media but was able to confirm what happened.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Hailstones-bigger-than-many-grapefruits-pummel-a-15292276.php


Photo: Rick Smith/NWS Norman

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TexasTowelie May 25 OP
duforsure May 25 #1
Shermann May 25 #2
jimfields33 May 25 #3
2naSalit May 25 #4
jimfields33 May 25 #5
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 06:34 AM

1. Wow!

Being a 100 miles northwest of Houston we had some around but not that size, and very small. Thank goodness. Feel for all hit by this , and having so much damage . Thanks for posting this TexasTowelie.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:39 AM

2. Grapefruit-sized hail to the head would suck! nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:55 AM

3. A lot of new roof in the immediate future

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #3)

Mon May 25, 2020, 09:50 AM

4. And new vehicles. ...nt

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Mon May 25, 2020, 10:02 AM

5. Very true!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:46 PM

6. Dammit why couldn't it have been on trumps golf course?

While he was golfing?

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