A mysterious ice chunk the size of a basketball crashes through a Wisconsin home.
A block of ice the size of a basketball has smashed through the roof of a home in western Wisconsin.
The ice chunk smashed through the bedroom ceiling of the property near Elk Mound, a village northwest of Eau Claire, at around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Wisconsin TV station WEAU.
According to WQOW TV, the block reportedly weighed 12.6 pounds.
The hail was described as “basketball-sized hail” by the home’s owner, according to WEAU. The “ridiculously large” piece of ice, according to Darren Maier, a meteorologist for the TV station, was not considered hail because it was too large.
“It grazed me,” Ken Millermon, the homeowner, told WQOW. If it had landed on me, I would have most likely been out and kicked the bucket.
“As soon as that went through, everything else faded away like insulation dust. I couldn’t see anything. All I know is that God had to be keeping an eye on me because I could have died.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, hailstones typically range in diameter from 0.25 inches (“pea sized”) to 4.5 inches (“grapefruit sized”).
On June 23, 2010, the largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States fell in Vivian, South Dakota. According to the laboratory, it measured 8 inches in diameter and weighed just under 2 pounds.
Raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze, forming hailstones, according to the laboratory.
Although some thunderstorms were reported in the western Wisconsin area on Tuesday, they did not meet the criteria for severe weather. No severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for Eau Claire County on Tuesday morning, WEAU reported.
Todd Shea, the warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS in La Crosse, Wisconsin, told Washington Newsday: “We had various reports of large hail and damaging wind across the area last night,” including several parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Officials from the weather service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, said Tuesday morning’s storms were not powerful enough to cause large hailstones, WQOW reported.
The chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has reportedly taken samples of the ice block for analysis, according to WQOW.
Washington Newsday has contacted the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for comment.
According to Millermon, the crashing ice chunk. This is a brief summary.