That’s officially a really big piece of ice from the sky, in Yuma County! It’s official. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a hailstone that fell in Yuma County on the northeastern plains last month, was in fact, a new state record. It had been part of a powerful thunderstorm that also spawned an EF-3 tornado. The hailstone measures 5 ¼ inches, the largest by diameter in Colorado history. There was another hailstone that came down in Bethune back in 2019 that holds the record by weight and circumference. The stone fell on the evening of August 8th, about 8 miles east, northeast of Kirk, Colorado. It measures 5.25 inches, compared to the previous record of 4.83 inches.
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