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These are the official terms the National Weather Service uses to describe the size of hail.
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Hail Sizes Quiz
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Jun 11th, 2011 at 22:12 GMT
Not being an expert on hail or coming from america I am overly proud of getting 6 right. Also relieved that there's no gym ball.
Jun 11th, 2011 at 22:57 GMT
hahah yes glad they stopped where they did for sports equipment!
Jun 11th, 2011 at 23:13 GMT
I wouldn't mind actual coins or M&Ms raining down on me. Not sure about the other stuff though.
Jun 12th, 2011 at 03:16 GMT
I guess they dont know what to call hail larger than inches in diameter cause nobody has ever seen it and lived.
Jun 12th, 2011 at 04:49 GMT
I thought the official term for hail larger than 5 inches in diameter was "holy ****"?
Jun 12th, 2011 at 11:50 GMT
I typed basketball praying it wouldn't be on there.
Jun 12th, 2011 at 17:37 GMT
doing a google image search of the different sizes of hail & the damage it does is quite scary
Jun 12th, 2011 at 19:02 GMT
the only thing missing is the infamous "kumquat sized" hail that recently struck my area
Jun 13th, 2011 at 17:59 GMT
no doubt they had an expert panel of phd climatologists coming up with these names
Jun 14th, 2011 at 05:37 GMT
I wonder what the M&M/Mars company thinks about plan M&Ms being used as a unit of measure.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 07:49 GMT
talk abot your great product placements! next thing you know hurricane naming rights will be sold the way they do sports arenas.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 20:28 GMT
I thought there was an extreme category called watermelon-sized hail (!!!!!!!), but I guess I'm wrong.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 01:16 GMT
Never heard of M&M, tea cup or CD sized hail. Usually, after pea size it goes up to marble sized hail. Could be a regional thing though.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 05:23 GMT
have to admit to never hearing them call it m & m sized hail either. i guess its so close to a pea, it gets called a pea most of the time. nothing regional though, these are the official national terms put forth by the national weather service.
Game published: Oct 6th, 2011 at 15:03 GMT
Oct 6th, 2011 at 15:50 GMT
This may be the first time I've seen a government organization provide descriptions that are actually helpful in describing.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 15:52 GMT
wow, it's all very technical isn't it!
Oct 6th, 2011 at 16:14 GMT
When I tried to guess ping pong ball it gave me walnut.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 16:29 GMT
Hahaha - Plain M&M... Epic!
Oct 6th, 2011 at 16:37 GMT
Five globes for you, smoggy, and another five for the NWS!
Oct 6th, 2011 at 17:31 GMT
To be fair, this quiz should not have solely used one local NWS office web page as its only source. In particular, "plain M&M" is not an NWS standard for measuring half inch hail. There is no "official" description for half inch hail in the NWS, but there are at least three or four items that should be accepted as answers. Most commonly used are "marble" and "mothball." Here are three other pages you can use as sources, but a quick google search will turn up even more. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/awareness/hailsize.php http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/tables/hailsize.htm http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cae/svrwx/hail.htm
Oct 6th, 2011 at 17:55 GMT
Trying to think of other ball sizes that could be used for measurement I went through, bowling, basket, croquet, lacrosse, and racquet, and then quit when in a fit of desperation I typed eyeball.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 17:56 GMT
kooky. Not much hail in Seattle, so I need to watch the weather channel some more. I typed in ping pong ball and got walnut, then apple got me tea cup. Marble (which made the most sense to me) came up empty. As a chicken owner I can attest that hen eggs come in many sizes. There's probably a panoply of athletic balls they could use, ping pong, handball, squash, racquetball, lacrosse, petanq, jai-alai, bocce, and God-forbid, soccer.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 17:58 GMT
@jefrunner, I tried eyeball as well! Maybe zombies refer to their hail that way. I just was not thinking of those obvious two-dimensional items like coins.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 18:46 GMT
I tried bowling ball and basketball hoping for bonuses with snarky comments :(
Oct 6th, 2011 at 19:43 GMT
I've definitely heard marble, so I was surprised when it didn't come up. That said, this is a pretty great quiz.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
Oct 6th, 2011 at 21:01 GMT
Come the next blizzard, I'll be listening for "You can expect plain M&M sized hail overnight."
Oct 7th, 2011 at 01:24 GMT
The Albany public radio guy always mentions 'possible dime sized hail.' I for one am glad I've not seen above pea sized. CD sized sounds really painful.
Oct 7th, 2011 at 01:29 GMT
What about watermelon size hail my brother told me that.
Oct 7th, 2011 at 01:55 GMT
I guess we can excuse the NWS for not calling it "sphere-formed-by-rotating-a-[coin or CD]-about-its-diameter sized hail."
Oct 7th, 2011 at 03:14 GMT
I've got a much better name for the 4-3/4 to 5 inch size...but it's not appropriate to use on the Weather Channel or here.
Oct 7th, 2011 at 04:29 GMT
I'll admit, I only got "CD" when in a fit of desperation started typing in things at my desk that were slightly bigger than a softball in diameter.
Oct 7th, 2011 at 06:04 GMT
I seriously guessed fifty cent piece! What an idiot!
Oct 7th, 2011 at 21:12 GMT
After I got hen egg I tried emu egg...then dinosaur egg...
Oct 8th, 2011 at 03:32 GMT
NWS discourages the use of "marble" size because they don't know if you're reporting a normal marble or a shooter. Was surprised not to see dime-sized on here. I guess "small seedless watermelon" size hasn't caught on at the national level yet.
Oct 15th, 2011 at 20:45 GMT
I can't believe how many answers I got just by looking at objects around the room.
Oct 19th, 2011 at 00:07 GMT
its mainly coins, balls, and some food... Don't forget the CD....
Oct 19th, 2011 at 03:33 GMT
If they have smaller sizes, they should call it Sporcle Globe sized hail
Nov 5th, 2011 at 04:41 GMT
plain m&m sized.... makes me want to eat the hail. XP
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