Texas’ Largest Ever Hailstone Made into Margaritas before it was Verified, Says NWS

See, we got it. The cocktails are amazing. But if any record-breaking, 16 home centimeters (6.4 inches) of snow falls from the sky near your home, please at least wait until you can verify it before you turn it into a delicious margarita. Unfortunately for Texas, one family didn’t get the memo perfectly. After heavy hailstorms fell during an unprecedented storm in Hondo, Texas on April 28, investigators simply uploaded pictures to social media before working on making quick cocktails. On Twitter, meteorologists then used impressive technology to analyze its size, using only a few images and a quarter for nearby references.

They discovered that it was the largest fall in Texas by about 16 centimeters (6.27–6.57 inches). But before it could be verified by the National Weather Service, they were informed that Margarita lovers had already swallowed the ice once and the hail would never claim the title it deserved. Interestingly, the title still fell during the same supercell storm not claimed by hail to another large hailstorm that fell simultaneously in the vicinity of Hondo and was checked and kept directly in the fridge for verification. After being inspected by meteorological officials, it was declared the largest hailstorm in Texas to date, measuring a massive length of 0.57 kilograms (1.26 pounds) and a diameter of 16.2 centimeters (6.4 inches).

For reference, the ten-pin bowling diameter is 21.6 centimeters (8.5 inches), so traveling at 161 kilometers (100 miles per hour) on this ice boundary can certainly do some damage and explains why hailstorms occur during supercell storms are taken seriously. Weights and Measures 3D analysis and adoption of a formal weighing method ensures that the data is perfectly valid and comparable to the history of the state before awarding such a prestigious title. The hailstones fell as part of a storm of multiple supersells that moved from Del Rio to San Antonio, and the process appears to be half of the ice age. It continued to grow and damage urban areas on its way and eventually began to break record-breaking pieces of ice.