Insane picture shows DVD sized hail wrecking havoc in Texas

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Record-breaking hail so large it required a new description wreaked hailstorms in one U.S. state this week, prompting experts to issue a “five-inch hail” warning for the first time in more than a decade.

Hailstones the size of DVDs hit communities in Texas on Tuesday, shattering windshields and leaving small craters in farmland.

WashingtonPost Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci encountered the giant hailstones while storm chasing in Hockley County and reported them to the National Weather Service (NWS), which issued a warning for hailstones up to five inches (12 cm) in diameter.

“As I entered the storm, I saw hailstones the size of softballs falling,” Mr. Cappucci wrote in an article for The Washington Post.

“The first severe weather warning at 5:26 p.m. warned of hailstone-sized hail.”

Mr. Cappucci later returned outside and discovered “even larger hailstones” falling to the ground.

He used two hotel room keys, each measuring 3.375 inches (8.6 cm) long, to calculate the length of the hail before contacting the NWS.

The largest size was up to 4.89 inches (12.4 cm).

“Huge hailstones up to 12 centimeters in diameter have been reported,” the NWS warned.

“DANGER…DVD-sized hail and 60 km/h wind gusts.”

In rare cases, meteorologists issue warnings for hailstones the size of softballs (10 cm) or grapefruits (11.3 cm).

But according to Mr Cappucci, it was the first time since 2010 that a warning for five-inch hail was issued in the United States.

In a video shared on social media, Mr Cappucci can be seen filming the hail as it falls.

“Guys, we have grapefruit-sized hail here right now,” he said as he ran to collect samples.

Mr. Cappucci turned the hailstone over to researchers, who confirmed that one of the stones weighed a third of a pound (150 grams) and was 4.63 inches (11 centimeters) in diameter, beating the previous record set by Hockley County in 2012, which was 4.5 inches.

However, his stones couldn’t compare to the record-breaking 6.3-inch hailstones that hit Texas in 2021.

Severe storm claims 24 lives

The hail came a day after severe storms swept across Texas and other US states such as Oklahoma, North Carolina and Missouri over the long Memorial Day weekend in the US.

The storms – with tornadoes, hail and destructive winds – left at least 24 people dead and hundreds injured.

At least two people were killed by falling trees in Kentucky, while seven more lost their lives in Cooke County, Texas, where a tornado struck last Saturday.

Among the seven dead were a two-year-old and a five-year-old child from the same family.
The storms left a trail of devastation, damaging homes and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

In a statement on Sunday, President Joe Biden expressed his condolences to those killed in the storms over the weekend.

“Jill and I are praying for those who tragically lost their lives in the devastating tornadoes in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma that devastated entire communities and left a trail of devastation,” Biden said.

More storms are expected in the USA in the coming days.

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