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.