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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.

Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
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