Category: 

What Is the Heaviest Known Hailstone?

The heaviest known hailstone fell in the Gopalganj District of Bangladesh on 14 April 1986. The hailstone was recorded at a weight of 2.25 pounds (1.02 kg). It was said to be slightly larger than the average cantaloupe.

More facts about hailstones:

  • The largest hailstone to fall in the United States landed near Vivian, South Dakota, in July 2010. The stone measured 8 inches (about 20 cm) across and weighed 1.94 pounds (0.88 kg).

  • Scientists believe that the worst hailstorm in terms of the loss of life occurred in India during the ninth century, around the year 850, as a group of travelers were crossing through what is now a valley near Roopkund, India. Remains of 200 individuals have been found in the valley, all dating to the same period and with similar injuries on the heads and shoulders. A local folk song tells the tale of how a goddess was angered by the crossing of outsiders in her sanctuary and sent death in the form of ice stones that were as hard as iron.

  • The United States is home to what is known as a hail belt, a region where hail falls more often. It includes the states of Colorado and Texas, along with sections of other states in that region, such as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.

Follow wiseGEEK:
  twitter

More Info: http://wmo.asu.edu

Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email

Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

Chef Julia Child was 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m) tall.  more...
 
November 25 ,  1947 :  The "Hollywood 10" were blacklisted by US movi  more...