FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — We see hail from time to time in the Midwest but could you imagine a hailstone the size of a football?
According to Matthew R Kumjian, a meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University, a town in central Argentina reported football-sized hail.
A 2018 storm in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina, may have set a world record with a hailstone that measured from 7.4 to 9.3 inches.
Hail of that magnitude is rare.
Kumjian says there have been nearly a dozen reports of hail 6 inches or greater in the United States over the past two decades.
The largest hailstone in the U.S. had a diameter of 8 inches and it fell near Vivian, South Dakota in 2010.
At this time, there isn’t a category to describe hailstones of that magnitude.
Kumjian and a graduate student at the university have suggested the category, gargantuan.
Their research on the 2018 extreme event has recently been published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
According to their research, they took measurements from videos on social media to estimate the size of the hailstones by pixels.
The team also visited the area to assess the damage and interviewed witnesses.
In the publication, the team states they want to bring awareness to these extreme events.
The team says further research is needed to understand the environment leading up to storms producing gargantuan hail which boils down to more reports and documentation on these extreme events.