Severe thunderstorms hit parts of Queensland, Australia on October 18 and 19, 2021, bringing heavy rain, giant hailstones, and tornadoes. The largest hail was reported in Bloomsbury and Yalboroo, north of Mackay in North Queensland on October 19.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shane Kennedy said they've seen some convincing images of hail up against a tape measure of 16 cm (6.29 inches).
The Australian record is around 14 cm (5.5 inches) mark, Kennedy said, adding that it looks like they have a new Australian record for hail.1
Hail that size has a terminal velocity of well over 100 km\h (62 mph).
The world record for the largest hail is 23.59 cm (9.29 inches) recorded in 2018 in the town of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina.2
This is the same system that brought wild weather, including two tornadoes in the Darling Downs region on October 18.
1 BOM says 'Australian record'-sized hailstones have fallen on North Queensland – ABC
2 Unofficial world record for largest hailstone set on February 8 – 23 cm (9 inches) in Cordoba, Argentina – The Watchers
Featured image credit: John Caporn
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