On July 23 the little town of Vivian, SD may have set a weather record when this ice bomb fell from the sky. (Image courtesy of NWS Aberdeen, SD)
This piece of hail is nearly 6 inches in diameter! I’ve heard unconfirmed reports from another meteorologist that this hail was actually quite a bit larger but the man who brought the hail inside and put it in his freezer lost power and the hail stone began to melt.
It is possible that this hail stone will break the previous world record set in Aurora, NE in 2003. Those hail stones nearly 7″ in diameter left craters in yards up to a foot deep and punched holes in roofs large enough for people to crawl through!
The record in Connecticut is baseball sized hail (2.75″ in diameter) which occurred in Manchester and Deep River during a massive supercell on June 20, 1996.