‘Gargantuan’ hail from thunderstorm in Argentina may have shattered world record

A powerful thunderstorm two years ago in Argentina didn’t just pelt a city with hail, it dropped hailstones large enough to potentially set a new world record, according to researchers.

The team of researchers from Penn State University investigating the Feb. 8, 2018, storm in Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba Province, Argentina, found that one hailstone measured between 7.4 and 9.3 inches across – considered “gargantuan” hail.

“It’s incredible,” Matthew Kumjian, associate professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmosphere Science at Penn State, said in a news release. “This is the extreme upper end of what you’d expect from hail.”

 
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