– Baseball-Sized Hail Pummels Parts of Italy (Ice Age Now, Sep 6, 2015):
Injures several people and animals in addition to causing damage to vehicles, crops and more.
“Baseball size hailstones fall from thunderstorms at speeds of at least 75 mph, so it’s no wonder you can see the magnitude of smashed windshields and structural damage,” said Jonathan Erdman, senior meteorologist for weather.com.
Social media posts also recorded hail near Lake Como in Northern Italy as well.
The abnormally large hail came smashing down on the city of Pozzuoli just outside Naples.
Some hailstones were up to 10 cm (3.94 inches) in diameter, informs BNS.
That’s much bigger than a baseball. The diameter of the average baseball is 2.904577711 inches (7.377627 cm).
Over the past 15 years, similar cases in Italy have not been seen, according to meteogiornale.it. Hailstones as large as this are in a position not only to break window, but also to break the rooftops.
Hail causes about $1 billion in damage to crops and property each year in the U.S. according to NOAA estimates Some individual hailstorms striking cities can inflict over $1 billion in damage alone, such as one that hit St. Louis on April 10, 2001.
Meanwhile, the Alps saw the first snow of the fall at an altitude of 2000 meters.