Storm that dropped the new world record hailstone in Vivian, SD - July 23, 2010
This incredibly lucky shot was taken on July 23, 2010 near Platte, SD of the storm that dropped the new WORLD RECORD hailstone on Vivian, SD. The new record stone has a diameter of 8 INCHES and weighed in at just under TWO POUNDS. For reference, a regulation size bowling ball has a diameter of around 8.5 inches. I'm glad I stayed out of that hail core!
My girlfriend (NYT best-selling author of The Stormchasers and Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum) and I made a last minute decision to make a chase detour into South Dakota while on our way to Minnesota from Kansas after looking at some forecast models. We were late to get to the storm and this was the very first picture I took that day, while hanging out the window. The exposure was 1/30th second so I was extremely lucky to get a lightning bolt in there.
Shot with a 10.2 MP Nikon D40x with a 10-20mm Sigma wide angle lens.
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