CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A near record-breaking hailstone was recorded in Caroline County following Monday night’s severe weather.
This hailstone — measured at approximately 4.75 inches — is the third largest in Virginia’s recorded history. The Commonwealth hasn’t seen a hailstone bigger since the 1960s.
Stormtracker8’s meteorologists tracked a storm that was producing very large hail last night that crossed Caroline County. In addition to the expected 3-inch-sized hail, a tornado warning was issued for the storm.
The following 3D model shows the core of the hail in purple. The vertical ascent of the storm breaks at 40,000 feet — a very powerful and dynamic storm for our region.
According to the National Weather Service, the last time our region experienced hail as big as 4 inches was on May 9, 2003, it was recorded near Jarrett in Sussex County. The largest sized hail ever recorded in Virginia was 5 inches.
|Observation Time||Diameter (inches)||Diameter (cm)||Diameter (mm)||Latitude||Longitude||Affected County|
|4/23/1968 16:40||5||12.7||127||36.78||-83.08||Lee County VA|
|7/2/1968 14:00||5||12.7||127||39||-77.4||Loudoun County VA|
|6/4/1993 13:55||4.5||11.43||114.3||37.02||-79.88||Franklin County VA|
|5/4/1996 18:55||4.5||11.43||114.3||38.48||-78||Culpeper County VA|
|6/4/2002 17:15||4.5||11.43||114.3||38.17||-78.57||Albemarle County VA|
|5/9/2003 15:45||4.25||10.8||107.95||36.8||-77.47||Sussex County VA|