The hail chasers were already in the neighborhood when the hail came again. A neighbor said she'd seen golf-ball-sized hailstones less than a mile away.
I'd say ours was no more than fingernail-sized.
Hail is always golf-ball-sized, I said. People expect hail to be golf-ball-sized, so that's what they see. Besides, they like to exaggerate how bad it was. Nobody will feel sorry for you if you were hit with pea-sized hail or popcorn-sized hail. But a golf ball, everybody knows how bad that would hurt.
Today she sent me reports from Spokane where the hail was penny- and marble-sized. Told you, she said.
I found Kansas and Nebraska bombarded with baseball- and softball-sized hail. Suuuure. It's not as if the New York Times is going to fly somebody out there to do a confirmation.
There are some standard hail estimating charts, some non-standard ones, and even a compilation of various weather report size estimations. But how many kids today play marbles or know what a moth ball is? And suppose you'd like a more colorful alternative to ping pong ball-sized hail?
I've compiled a handy comparison chart for your next hail storm, based on comparisons someone has already used. Notice it has a glaring gap between baseball and grapefruit. I don't know if that means hail is rare within that 2.75- to 4-inch range, or we lack appropriate cultural references.