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4 Feet Of Hail Texas

April 13, 2012 by staff 

4 Feet Of Hail Texas, Sure, everything’s bigger in Texas. But 4 feet of hail from one storm? That’s what the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Transportation, a local sheriff and others say happened Wednesday in an area north of Amarillo when hail piled up in drifts so wide they cut off a major highway.

The National Weather Service office in Amarillo even posted a photo on its Facebook page, but that wasn’t enough to convince skeptics. “Serious do not think this is 100% hail!!!” commented one person. “It’s a lite dusting of hail on some damn rocks,” said another person, referring to the image of a firefighter standing next to what could be taken forĀ  oulders.
The National Weather Service’s office in Amarillo, Texas, posted this photo Wednesday night of a firefighter standing next to deep hail.

“I can assure you we do not have big rocks like that in West Texas,” Krissy Scotten, a spokeswoman for the weather service office in Amarillo, told msnbc.com. “That was 4 feet of ice” that was compacted by rain and floodwater across a wide area, she added.

“It was actually the rain/water that caused the drifts,” Scotten said. “Anytime you have hail accumulate 2 to 4 feet high and get over three inches of rain, no matter how it occurs, it’s pretty incredible.”

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