‘Gargantuan’ hailstone measures over six inches wide and sets the Texas record

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A giant six and a half inches of hailstone fell amid a storm of devastating storms devastating parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week.

The hailstone had meteorologists looking for the record books, and is believed to be the largest to have ever fallen in the Lone Star State.

The stone was captured and photographed next to an American neighborhood to scale by Lino Ramirez, a resident of Hondo, about 40 miles west of San Antonio.

Ramirez shared the photo on social media and it was examined by Matt Kumjian, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Pennsylvania State University who specializes in the study of giant hail.

Kumjian was able to estimate the stone to be between 6.27 and 6.57 inches wide.

‘This means [Wednesday’s] hailstone is considered gigantic and is one of the few well-documented cases of such a large hail, ‘Kumjian told the Washington Post.

As massive as it was, it doesn’t come close to a threat to the U.S. record-breaking eight-inch rock picked up during a hailstorm in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010.

Lino Ramirez, from Hondo, Texas, posted a photo of the giant hailstone next to a US quarter to scale

Lino Ramirez, from Hondo, Texas, posted a photo of the giant hailstone next to a US quarter to scale

The hailstone was estimated to be between 6.27 and 6.57 inches in circumference

The hailstone was estimated to be between 6.27 and 6.57 inches in circumference

It was the largest ever recorded in Texas, but it didn't beat the US record of 8 inches

It was the largest ever recorded in Texas, but it didn’t beat the US record of 8 inches

Hail the size of softballs caused widespread destruction in Texas and Oklahoma, smashing roofs and smashing car windows, as rainfall engulfed businesses and caused an estimated $ 1 billion in damage.

Doppler radar – which detects particle type, intensity and motion – estimated that the storm’s supercell was over 64,000 feet long, which is virtually unheard of for even the most powerful storms.

The Washington Post reported that the radar has noticed a decrease in “differential reflectivity,” which compares the width of objects to their height.

Raindrops are flatter, so values ​​are usually positive. When values ​​fall close to zero, it indicates round or tumbling objects – and usually means large hail.

A National Weather Service damage investigation found a 34 mile and up to 9 mile wide swath of damaging winds in Medina County, including Hondo, from the supercell.

In Fort Worth, car windows broke as the hailstorm swept through Texas

In Fort Worth, car windows broke as the hailstorm swept through Texas

Hail the size of softballs smashed through rooftops in Sabinal Texas during the storm last week

Hail the size of softballs smashed through rooftops in Sabinal Texas during the storm last week

Hail pierced the walls of this house in D'Hanis, Texas

Hail pierced the walls of this house in D’Hanis, Texas

The storm's supercell was 64,000 feet tall at its peak - perfect conditions for big hail

The storm’s supercell was 64,000 feet tall at its peak – perfect conditions for big hail

Hail during the storm fell well into the gigantic category, describing hailstorms 15 cm wide or larger

Hail during the storm fell well into the gigantic category, describing hailstorms 15 cm wide or larger

Winds estimated at 80 to 110 mph whipped up the huge hailstones, causing severe damage to a trailer park, to vehicles and trees, and to roofs. According to the NWS survey, a short EF1 tornado was released southeast of Hondo.

This South Texas storm was one of three separate hailstorms over Texas and Oklahoma on April 28 that likely caused at least $ 1 billion in damage combined.

Kumjian analyzed the hailstone using photogrammetry – a trigonometry-based approach to estimate the size of objects based on photographs.

He told it Washington Post that he took into account the size of the quarter and the angle at which the photo was taken to determine the size of the stone.

The largest ever recorded hailstone is believed to have been found near Cordoba, Argentina, in February 2018, when a stone filmed during the storm was estimated to be 9.3 inches wide and believed to surpass the world record.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Norman, Oklahoma, the storm brought winds of 70 miles per hour accompanied by baseball-sized hail with dimensions ranging from 1 to 3.5 inches in diameter.

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini told USA Today that the storm was a “ billion dollar hail loss day in the US. ”

“San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas — along with Norman — were all hit by large to significant hail.”

Hailstones larger than six inches in diameter are considered gigantic.

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