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Friday, July 30, 2010

South Dakota Hailstone Hailed as Largest in US History

Leslie Scott picked up the "cantaloupe-sized" hailstone outside his South Dakota home, "because it had a whole bunch of fingers sticking out of it... they were wicked."  He placed the hailstone in his freezer and showed it to some neighbors.  By the time an expert arrived, Scott says the hailstone had melted slightly due to power-outages and showing it off to the neighbors.  Yet the South Dakota hailstone still became the largest on-record in the history of the United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the 1.94-lb. hailstone as the largest on record, beating the previous record-holder -- a 1.67-lb. hailstone that fell in Kansas in 1970.

Experts say the original hailstone will be sent for testing, while two casts will be made: One for preservation, and the other for Mr. Scott.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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