Colorado State Hail Record Goes to Bethune This Week


It wasn't a record anyone was trying to beat, but Bethune, Colorado now holds the state record for hail. It happened this past Tuesday when a severe storm rolled over Bethune and dropping huge chunks of ice from the sky. Reed Timmer (formerly of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers), who is an Extreme Meteorologist with AccuWeather, predicted as the storm was developing that Colorado's hail record could be broken with that storm. According to the AccuWeather website, the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas confirmed his prediction Wednesday night.

The hail that fell on Bethune has an unofficial measurement of 4.83 inches. The previous record was 4.5 inches. The size is most likely larger than 4.83" due to melt from the time it fell until it was measured. To put that in perspective, the hail was about the size of a grapefruit. AccuWeather Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker described it being similar to "pirate ship cannonball-sized."

The hailstorm also struck Frederick Tuesday night. Brittany Richardson, who has a Facebook page called "Brittany in Pink", posted a video of her experience when she was in her truck cabin riding out the storm. It's very intense. She thought initially that someone had hit her truck.

Thankfully, this is more of a fascinating story than tragic. Hail that large, as AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said, "can easily kill people and livestock." There have been no such reports at this time.

SOURCE: AccuWeather, Channel 4 News-Denver