'Gargantuan' hailstone measuring more than six inches across sets Texas record

A gigantic six and a half inch hailstone fell amid a blitz of destructive storms that laid waste to parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week.

The hailstone had meteorologists scrambling for the record books,  and is believed to be the largest ever to fall in the Lone Star State.

The stone was captured and photographed beside a US quarter for scale by Lino Ramirez, a resident of Hondo, about 40 miles west of San Antonio.

Ramirez shared the picture on social media, and it was examined by Matt Kumjian, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Pennsylvania State University who specializes in the study of giant hail. 

Kumjian was able to estimate the stone's as between 6.27 and 6.57 inches across.

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'This means [Wednesday's] hailstone counts as gargantuan and is one of only several well-documented cases of such large hail,'  Kumjian told the Washington Post.

As massive as it was, it doesn't come close to threatening the US record eight-inch stone that was recorded during a hailstorm in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010.

Lino Ramirez, of Hondo, Texas, posted a photo of the gargantuan hailstone beside a US quarter for scale

Lino Ramirez, of Hondo, Texas, posted a photo of the gargantuan hailstone beside a US quarter for scale

The hailstone was estimated to be between 6.27 and 6.57 inches in circumference

The hailstone was estimated to be between 6.27 and 6.57 inches in circumference

It was the largest ever recorded in Texas - but didn't beating the US record of 8 inches

It was the largest ever recorded in Texas - but didn't beating the US record of 8 inches

Hail as big as softballs caused widespread destruction across Texas and Oklahoma, punching through roofs and shattering car windows, as rainfall flooded businesses and caused an estimated billion-plus dollars worth of damage.

Doppler radar - which detects particle type, intensity and motion - estimated the storm's supercell was more than 64,000 feet tall, which is virtually unheard of for even the most powerful storms.

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