National Weather Service officials are looking into whether a hailstone that fell in southwest Wichita on Wednesday night is the largest recorded in state history.
The stone, estimated at 7 inches when it was found, fell in the 2200 block of South Milstead, near Pawnee and Maize Road.
“They’re out looking at it right now,” said Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the Wichita branch of the weather service.
The family that found the stone put it in a freezer, Hayes said, but did not store it in a plastic bag. As a result, some of the stone sublimated – or converted to water vapor and shrank.
It was down to 6.5 inches in diameter this morning, Hayes said, but was still 4.75 inches wide, 4 inches deep and an estimated 15 inches in length.
“That’s big,” Hayes said.
The record circumference for a hailstone in Kansas is 17.5 inches, held by the legendary Coffeyville hailstone that fell September 3, 1970.