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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Hailstone

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of insurance companies specialized in hailstorm damage.

Giant hailstones, some the size of oranges, fell on the Indian town of Moradabad on April 30, 1888. 246 people were killed.

The heaviest hailstones ever recorded (1 kilogram (2.2 lb)) fell on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh on April 14, 1986, killing 92.

A storm dropped an estimated 500,000 tonnes of hailstones in Sydney on April 14, 1999 and along the east coast of New South Wales. It caused about A$2.3 billion in damages, the costliest natural disaster in Australian insurance history.

The largest hailstone ever recorded in the US fell in South Dakota in 2010. It measured eight inches across and weighed nearly two pounds.


The town of Kericho in Kenya has more frequent hail than anywhere else on this planet, falling on an average of 132 days a year.

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