• http://twitter.com/clemsonrebekah rebekah

    CSIweather, nice work brad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561959029 Katie Hopper

    Interesting read! Great job using images to help illustrate your points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/breazytoto Breanne Sanford

    I honestly think it’s a fake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1417148175 Lisa Dean

    I live in Wichita, and I heard nothing about any hail….only the tornado…

    • wxbrad

      Lisa, that is one reason I’m skeptical. This occurred in a density populated area which means if there was hail like this is would have affected many people. Not saying it couldn’t happen but would be very odd to have just one stone like this. I have a little side theory that it might haven fallen from a plane. This is in the flight path for the airport.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominique-Oree/100000470530379 Dominique Oree

        I go to Friends University and the news said “softball sized hail”

  • http://www.facebook.com/babette.phillips Babette Phillips

    I live in the area shown and we had no such hail that size during Saturday nights storm, only pea size for about 2 minutes.

    • wxbrad

      Thanks Babette that’s what I’m hearing from lots of people. Either this is a odd one hail stone kind of thing or a hoax.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JIOYYOKAE3PKBNJPQJM7DG5ZBQ Me B

    Could it have been a piece out of someone’s freezer that someone who’s home got struck bad, part of debris that rained down as a result? Or…maybe someone had defrosted their dorm fridge outside before the storm and isn’t aware or owning up to the fact that its their ice chunk.

    • wxbrad

      That is an interesting idea.

  • Kevin Mathis

    I think she protests too much. If I had found it and posted it and you didn’t believe me I would not of cared. Believe me don’t believe who cares I know what I found.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominique-Oree/100000470530379 Dominique Oree

    I find this whole thing to be very stupid. There has been all these tornadoes and all you can find time to do is talk about hail some girl found and thought was cool…seriously get a life

    • wxbrad

      It’s important to learn how these form and where they come from, It’s called science, I’m sorry it’s not interesting to you but when 6″ diameter ice falls from the sky I’d like to know how it happened. That’s why I became a meteorologist. It’s nothing personal just the scientific process.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominique-Oree/100000470530379 Dominique Oree

        Interesting has nothing to do with it. Its when you go and call someone I know a liar, that’s when I get a problem. the comment wasn’t directed at you by the way i’m simply saying to call someone a liar when all this is going on is stupid.

        • wxbrad

          I agree no one should call her a liar, I never have I just questioned that this isn’t hail. At least like none I have ever seen before and I laid out my case without name calling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Dawn-Bell/603193155 Amanda Dawn Bell

    Yea..i live right there where this was “found”. We didnt even get any hail. Fake.

  • http://twitter.com/XtremeWXShelter Xtreme WX Shelters

    Ask her to bring it to the station or better yet see if possible to get it to the NWS Office via a ice cooler/chest and let it be analyzed. Pretty easy to get to the bottom of this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1001288222 Julie Beam

    This is going around on facebook as you said..I just saw a photo of it and people are posting your link to prove its a fake…they aren’t scrolling down and reading where you contacted her and are trying to figure this out. :( Maybe that part needs to be moved to the top of the article? My son has filled up a balloon before with water and frozen it…looked like a giant Kiss! lol But we didn’t post a photo saying it was anything but what it really was. At any rate while I had my doubts at first about it being real also…after reading all your article it made me remember about a freak thunderstorm that moved through our town, Hutchinson, many years ago. It dropped five or six huge hail stones out of the sky though there was no other hail at all. I don’t think it even rained. I heard this thing hit the front yard! I went out found it.It seemed like it was fairly well rounded too and not spiky like the above pictures. I think the Hutchinson news did an article on it. I couldn’t tell you what year it was but I am pretty sure it was before personal computers were invented or at least not common. So in remembering that and experiencing it first hand its kind of hard for me to doubt her story now. There were so many storms cells that night…this could have happened.

    • wxbrad

      It would be a very rare stone to be all by itself but agree anything is possible. It could be another thing besides hail too.

  • Ashley_smom

    Ashley is my daughter. I am a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience. Ashley was brought up respecting the news business and understanding the the destructiveness of hoaxes and “fake news.” I wish people knew her. She is not the type of person to lie, nor fake anything. She’s very upset over this and is a little afraid for her safety. I beg for a meteorologist to retrieve the hail from her and have it analyzed and publicly announce their mistake.

    • wxbrad

      I’m trying to get the guys over at NWS Wichita to come by and take a look they can figure out where it came from. The best way might be to cut it in half to see if it has the distinctive rings of a hail stone. It could be a few other things as well, megacryometeor or some ice formed around a piece of debris blown into the top of the thunderstorm. Thanks for the comment.

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  • http://twitter.com/clemsonrebekah rebekah

    good job following through on this story to the end. shame on anyone who harassed the poor girl and shame on the people who did the hoax and didn’t fess up earlier when it became news and not a prank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1174728284 Craig Stevens

    I have personally picked up 4.5″ stones that looked like this. But not anywhere this large. But if the girl and her may so it is real i believe them and have dispatched 50 claims reps to their neighbor hood tonight. Just kidding. I love it when kids take an interest in the weather and forecasting…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Sears/100002282163206 Mary Sears

    Ashley was fooled but I thought it was fake also, but who’s to say it was good of her to post what she thought was an interesting story. Kudos Ashley and good luck with your career!

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