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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hailstone could be state's largest on record


National Weather Service officials are investigating whether a hailstone that fell near Pawnee and Maize Road on Wednesday night is the largest recorded in Kansas.

"They're out looking at it right now," Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the Wichita branch of the weather service, said Thursday.

Preliminary assessments indicate that the stone has the largest diameter recorded in Kansas. Its diameter of 7.75 inches easily surpasses the previous record 5.7 inches, the size of a hailstone that fell in Coffeyville on Sept. 3, 1970.

The stone fell in the 2200 block of South Milstead at the home of Melissa and Joshua McCarter. Measured 15 hours after it fell, the stone weighed 1.1 pounds.

"I'm glad it didn't hit the house,'' Melissa McCarter said. "It's pretty scary things that large can fall from the sky."

A task force to confirm the record will be convened next week, weather officials say.

— Stan Finger

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