6/16/1882: ‘Frog Hail’ Fell in Dubuque
On June 16, 1882, a storm hit Dubuque and some of the hailstones allegedly contained LIVING FROGS embedded inside them.
According to anomlyinfo.com, Dubuque was hit by "the largest and most destructive hail-stones." It's said that the hailstorm lasted 13 minutes and that some of the stones measured 1-17" in circumference. The heaviest hailstone from this storm weighed over 1.5 pounds!
According to encyclopediadubuque.org, some of the hail from this storm shattered the windows in the photo studio of Samuel Root. Gathering some of the hail, he photographed them and some eggs so that a comparison could be made in size.
Residents reported that melting hailstones contained small living frogs.
How could this happen? The amphibians could have been picked up by a powerful updraft and frozen into hail in the cold air before falling back to the ground.
Currently, the largest hailstone on record in the world fell in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010. This ice rock was a gigantic 8 inches in diameter, was over 18” in circumference, and weighed just under two pounds. However, the man who found this hailstone said that was closer to 10” to 11” when he found it. It had melted quite a bit by the time he got it to his freezer.
However, in 2018, a humongous hailstone measuring between 7.4” and 9.3” (based on calculations from photographs.) fell in Argentina. Hail this size has been dubbed “Gargantuan Hail.”
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