NWS: Sunday’s hail storm was record-breaking

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The National Weather Service says photos confirming hailstones 4-5 inches or more in diameter indicate Sunday’s hail storm in eastern Bastrop County was historic.

Meteorologist Paul Yura says some hailstones in the Smithville area were measured at 5 inches, breaking the record of 4.5 inch diameter hail recorded near Paige in Bastrop County on March 25, 1993.

Grapefruit size hail is considered 4.5 inches in diameter–5 inch hail is closer to DVD or CD size.

Large hail was reported with severe thunderstorms over Caldwell, Bastrop, Fayette, and Lee counties early Sunday evening. KXAN also received viewer photos of very large hail near Rosanky.

From the Storm Prediction Center:

CONVERTING TRADITIONAL HAIL SIZE DESCRIPTIONS

Traditional object-to-size conversion for assessment and translation of severe hail reports. We encourage measurement, not estimation, of hail size.

HAIL SIZE (in.)

OBJECT ANALOG REPORTED

.50

Marble, moth ball

.75

Penny

.88

Nickel

1.00

Quarter

1.25

Half dollar

1.50

Walnut, ping pong

1.75

Golf ball

2.00

Hen egg

2.50

Tennis ball

2.75

Baseball

3.00

Tea cup

4.00

Softball

4.50

Grapefruit

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