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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wichita hailstone becomes official state record

RICK PLUMLEE
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — That really, really large hailstone that fell in Wichita during a Sept. 15 storm is a Kansas record.

The six-member State Climate Extremes Committee made it official today by announcing its decision after examining the hailstone that measured 7.75 inches in diameter.

The stone fell in the 2200 block of South Milstead at the home of Melissa and Joshua McCarter, near Pawnee between 119th Street and Maize Road.

The hailstone's official weight and circumference were not taken until 15 hours after it fell. At the time it fell, the stone weighed 1.1 pounds and was 15.5 inches in circumference.

The previous record was 5.7 inches, the diameter of a hailstone that fell in Coffeyville on Sept. 3, 1970.

State climatologist Mary Knapp said it took a while to document all the measurements and record the procedures.

"Careful documentation will minimize questions that might arise the next time a large stone is recovered," she said.

Final verification came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Center through the committee.

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