Hail the size of tennis balls in southwestern Pa. is a rare occurrence

Hail the size of tennis balls in southwestern Pa. is a rare occurrence
(Ryan Minutello / WPXI)

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. — Large hail fell across western Pennsylvania on Saturday, and in some places there were reports of hail the size of tennis balls, which is 2.5 inches in diameter.

Hail this large is a relatively rare occurrence for western Pennsylvania. After looking into weather records dating back to 1950, there have only been three other times that hail of 2 inches or larger has been reported in the WPXI viewing area of western Pennsylvania in March.

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In fact, there have only been 40 reports of 2-inch or larger hail in western Pennsylvania since 1950. This includes Jefferson, Clarion, Venango, Mercer, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Greene, Allegheny, Somerset, Fayette, Lawrence, Forest, Westmoreland and Washington counties.

There have been two instances of hail 3 inches in diameter or larger which were in Beaver and Fayette counties.

The largest hail size ever reported in this area was 4.5 inches in Beaver County. It happened near Beaver Falls on July, 26, 1956. That hail was the size of a grapefruit.

The largest hail size reported in Allegheny County is 2.5 inches on April 14, 1984. Records date back to 1950.

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