Hail comes in many shapes and sizes. Hail can be the size of a grain of rice, or the size of softballs. We generally think of hail as being hard but hail can be soft as well. Many of the legendary snow reports during the summer months through the years are likely the misidentification of soft hail. Wind patterns tend to make hailstone round, but they do appear in other shapes including discs, stars and strange pointy blobs.
Last year the largest hailstone on record fell in Vivian, South Dakota. It had a diameter of 8 inches and weighed 1.9 pounds and that was after it had partially melted. Of all the weather elements that occur each year in this area, hail generates the most reports coming into the weather center. To be considered severe, hail need to be 1 inch in diameter or greater, but no matter what the size, we always appreciate the reports and photos posted either on our Facebook page (look for WDAY News or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org