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Largest, deadliest and costliest hailstones


Largest Hailstones

On June 22, 2003, tennis ball sized hail thundered down on Aurora in south-central Nebraska.   It wasn't the end of the world but after the carnage was over, the record books needed updating.  This hail storm left behind the largest recorded hailstone to hit the United States. 

[The hailstone image to the left and further down to the right are examples only of large hailstones.]  The record breaking hailstone found in Aurora was 17.8-centimeters wide (about 7 inches as was about the size of a soccer ball.  The hailstone was 47.6 centimeters in circumference (18:75 inches). These measurements were validated by the National Climate Extremes Committee.

A similar sized large hailstone was found by Mr. Lee Scott which weighed in unofficially at 1.9375 pounds and had a diameter of 8 inches and a circumference of 18.5 inches.  Mike Fowle of the US National Weather Service said, “Officially, where records have been kept, this will be the U.S. record and world record for weight. So very impressive."  Mr Scott found the hailstone near Vivian, South Dakota, US on July 23, 2010.   Large hail stones at that time were leaving dints in the ground as big as a coke can.  A large hailstone can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres an hour. 

It may seem rather strange but the place on earth which gets the most hail is Kericho, Kenya.  In 1965, 113 days of hail were recorded.  The annual average is around 50 days.  But again, it wasn't the end of the world.   However, if you read on to the next section you will find out how 50kg hail stones play a part in the end of the world.  This is not part of any end of the world 2012 prediction but part of the end of the world predictions which are recorded in Bible prophecy.

Most Deadly Hailstorms

Large hailstones can be deadly.  On July 19, 2002 in the Henan Province of China, twenty five people will killed by hail.  The Deccan Plateau in northern India and Bangladesh are renowned for having some of the deadliest hailstorms and the largest hailstones on the planet.   The heaviest officially recognised hailstone was 2.25 pounds.  This large hailstone landed in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh on April 14, 1986. 

Hailstones that fell at this time were reported to have been the size of pumpkins!  92 people died in this storm but it cannot be certain that all deaths were caused by hailstones.  The deadliest hailstorm in recorded history occurred on April 30 in 1888 in India, in the districts of Moradabad and Beheri.  246 people were killed. 

Most Expensive Hailstorms

On July 12, 1984 70,000 homes and 190 aircraft were damaged by a hailstorm in Munich, Germany.  Europe’s most catastrophic hailstorm was that which struck Munich, Germany on July 12, 1984.  The hailstones were the size of baseballs which as well as damaging buildings and planes, they injured 400 people.  The resultant property damage was put at over US$2 billion.

The most damaging US hailstorm happened on April 10, 2001.  The hailstorm swept along the 1-70 corridor from eastern Kansas to south western Illinois, hitting the St. Louis area severely and leaving property damage at more than $2.4 billion dollars.   There have been a handful of hailstorms that resulted in $1 billion or more in damages in the U.S.

The costliest hailstorm in recorded history is believed to have been the one that struck Sydney, Australia on April 14, 1999.  3.5 inch diameter hailstones fell for almost 60 minutes.  When the hailstorm had stopped around 20,000 structures and 40,000 vehicles had been damaged. The total cost of the damage is reported at US$3 billion (inflation-adjusted dollars).  

Read on in the section below how 50kg hailstones play a part in biblical prophecy and the end of the world, but not in 2012.

50 Kilo Hailstones

The Bible speaks of a time when the earth will be pounded by 50 kilo hailstones.  This is not an end of the world 2012 prediction but it is prediction about the end of the world.

What would you do if your city was being pounded by 50 kilo hailstones.

We read in the last book of the Bible (the Bible is actually a library of books), in the book of Revelation, that God will use what we call natural disasters to bring about his judgement on the earth at the end of the world and before the great and final day of judgement in heaven. 

What we have seen so far (hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, tsunamis...) is merely what the Bible describes as the “beginning of sorrows” (Mark 13:8) or the “beginnings of birth pains.”  There is worse to come.  Much worse!!

Revelation 16:21 speaks of catastrophic disasters like 50 kilo hailstones.  If you have read the section above, you will already know the damage a 0.5 to 1 kilo hailstone can cause.  Imagine the damage from a 50 kilo hailstone!  This is what will happen according to Bible prophecy about the end of the world.

That's about the size of a bag of cement!!!

“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent [about 50 kilos]: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:21).  So what would you do if your city was being pounded by 50 kilo hailstones. 

The Bible says that people will harden their hearts and curse God!
 

Something worse than 50 kilo hailstones


The 50 kilo hailstones are only the beginning. 

There is much worse to come in biblical prophecy about the end of the world.

Matthew 24:29 says, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the SUN be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:"  This will truly be the beginning of the end of the world. 

The Bible says that great and terrible judgment on earth will come before the end of the world and the ultimate "day of judgement" in heaven.  The judgements on earth are not just judgements but a warning that brings with them an opportunity to get right with God.  The Bible describes very clearly how to escape the coming wrath of God.  This is not about escaping any 2012 end of the world doomsday prediction... but something more fearful: the day when every soul that ever lived will give an account of their life before God!

Here’s what Revelation 20:12 says.  Yes, you read that correctly 20:12.  This is the 2012 that you should be concerned about!!!!

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

We read that “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart…. all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)

If you want to know how God will view your works, CLICK HERE.  This is an opportunity to be honest with God and to get right with God here and now, before the hailstones and other judgements of God come, and, more importantly, before the day when you will stand before your creator.

There is hope but you won't find it in any survival kit or nuclear bunker. These will not protect you from the wrath of God.

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