4.25-inch Hailstone Sets Hawaii Record

Posted on March 24, 2012

Record Hawaii Hailstone for National Weather Service


A huge 4.25-inch hailstone has been confirmed as the largest to ever fall in the state of Hawaii. The hailstone fell in Oahu, Hawaii on March 9th. This is small compared to a record 8-inch hailstone that fell in South Dakota in July, 2010, but it is a very large hailstone for Hawaii. The previous record for Hawaii was a hailstone that was 1-inch in diameter. Large hail is very rare in Hawaii.

Michael Cantin, a National Weather Service meteorologist confirmed the record. USA Today reports that Cantin says the hailstone was "4 1/4 inches long, 2 1/4 inches tall, and 2 inches wide,."

Hawaii's KITV News has a video of the March 9th hail storm here. This same storm also produced an EF-0 tornado.

Photo: National Weather Service