The National Weather Service is saying a new state hail size record was set early on March 9th, 2012. HPR's Dave Lawrence shares the story and a photo of the rec0rd-breaker.
The National Weather Service in Honoulu, in working with the State Climate Extremes Committee, has confirmed that a supercell thunderstorm parked itself over Windward O`ahu that day, and dropped off major, record-breaking hail that fell on both Kaneohe and Kailua. They even had reports of hail larger than 3 inches in diameter found by residents in the Aikahi Neighborhood. With one for the record books, the final measurement of the mega-hailstone was 4 and ¼ inches long, 2 and ¼ inches tall, and 2 inches wide. The NWS reported that hail report records for the islands dating from 1950 have the previous state record hailstone at 1 inch in diameter. Here is a photo of the record-breaker that the National Weather Service sent along!