CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - From Meteorologist Samantha Roberts:
Thursday night was quite stormy across NE Ohio! We had thunder, lightning, rain, wind, and perhaps most notably, HAIL! In fact, most of the severe weather reports we got Thursday evening were hail reports.
Every little blue dot on this map represents a hail report from Thursday night.
One of the hail reports we received was particularly interesting. Check out this picture, sent to us from Ray Hofstetter in Kidron, Ohio. (That's in Wayne County!)
I think it's safe to say that when most people think of hail, they think of those traditionally round stones. However, that isn't always the case!
Larger hailstones are often "oddly" shaped. I mean, this thing looks like a star! It's anything but round. What on earth causes that?
Smaller hailstones can often collide on their way to the surface of the earth, becoming one hailstone. Add another to that one. And another. You'll have bumps and bulges developing anywhere.
We're barreling full speed ahead into Spring! Storms are going to become more frequent. So, for future reference...here's a guide for my weather spotters! If you're sending in a weather report of hail, you'll need a ruler.
(Note: Avoid using the term, "marble-sized" when describing hail. Marbles come in many sizes!)
The following is an excellent graphic (courtesy of the National Weather Service) used to determine hail size.