A giant hailstone smashed into Earth in Hondo, Texas, on April 28, and it could be a record-breaker for the Lone Star State.

This giant ice chunk measured 6.4” in diameter – that’s longer than a $1 bill.  Hailstones this large have been known to puncture roofs and fall into homes.

A 3” hailstone can fall to the ground as fast as 107 MPH. (per weather.gov)

Unofficially, the largest hailstone on record in Texas is believed to be between 6 and 8 inches in diameter on Dec. 6, 1892.

The largest hailstone recorded in the United States measured eight inches in diameter and weighed just shy of two pounds. It fell in Vivian, South Dakota on July 23, 2010. (photos below)

The world's heaviest hailstone was a 2.25-pound stone in Bangladesh in April 1986. The stone’s size was not measured, although reports claimed the stones were the size of “pumpkins.”

What about the largest hailstone in Iowa? On September 27, 1959, a storm moved through Scott County producing seven inch hail.  The heaviest damages occurred at Florist shop where approximately were broken.

According to stormersite.com the largest hailstone in 2020 in Black Hawk County was 1.25” on July 11.

 

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