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Record hailstone the size of a pineapple found in Texas

Storm trackers in the Texas Panhandle have found a massive hailstone that researchers say will likely be a new state record.

Val and Amy Castor, veteran storm chasers with Oklahoma City television station KWTV, discovered a piece of hail more than 7 inches (17.78 centimeters) long along the side of the road near Vigo Park on Sunday while chasing a large storm system.

Val Castor said the stone was about the size of a pineapple.

“That’s the biggest hail I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been chasing storms for over 30 years,” Castor said.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas, said they believe the rock, which measured more than 12 inches tall, is a new state record
The National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas, said they believe the rock, which measured more than 12 inches tall, is a new state record

Castor said several baseball-sized hailstones fell while driving, including one that cracked his windshield, before he saw the large chunk in a ditch on the side of the road.

“I could see it from about 100 yards away,” he said.

The massive hailstone is believed to be a new state record, surpassing a 6.25-inch hailstone found in Hondo in 2021. The hailstone still needs to be confirmed by a group of researchers, including the Texas state climatologist, Jordan said. Salem, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Lubbock.

The heaviest hailstone ever recorded in the United States had a reported diameter of 11 inches (27.94 centimeters) and weighed almost 2 pounds (907 grams). According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, it was discovered in July 2010 near Vivian, South Dakota.

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