Townsville Bulletin

All hail the king of ice


A NEW Australian hail record is believed to have been set after giant ice stones pelted Yalboroo, north of Mackay, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorolog­y said it had seen credible footage of hail measuring 16cm in diameter, which would top the previous record of 14cm set in Brisbane about the same time last year.

“It’s very impressive – obviously not for the residents underneath it – but some very impressive hail,” senior meteorolog­ist Dean Narramore said.

“We saw some photos of hail next to a tape measure, the team will be looking at that to see if we can verify it.”

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