IT'S OFFICIAL (MAYBE)! While passing through Aurora, Nebraska, I discovered the town gained some notoriety from a 2003 summer storm, according to National Geographic News article...
"A thunderstorm that pounded south-central Nebraska in June ended up leaving something for the record books: The largest hailstone ever recovered in the United States, a seven-inch wide chunk of ice almost as large as a soccer ball.
"The National Climate Extremes Committee, which is responsible for validating national records, formally accepted the measurements: seven inches in diameter and a circumference of 18.75 inches. The hailstone was recovered in Aurora on June 22. 'Were it not for the quick thinking of local residents, who found the hailstone and kept it from melting, we would have not known it existed,' said Jay Lawrimore, who chairs the committee. The hailstone is now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where it will be preserved indefinitely."
The trouble with records is they're always in dispute. Now Vivian, South Dakota, claims an 8 inch hailstone fell in 2010, but I'm still impressed with Aurora's claim. That's a lot of ice to come hurling down from the skies, and I'm happy to keep walking to vacate the Midwest plains before the stormy season begins!
Week 20, 1584 Miles, Weather 68F🌥