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October 5th Hailstorms in Phoenix
Updated: 8:15 AM Oct. 21, 2010
loop of a hail storm moving across Phoenix
Strong, veering winds with height and an unstable airmass, both due to an approaching low pressure system, caused many supercell thunderstorms to develop across central Arizona during the morning and afternoon hours on October 5, 2010. Several of these supercells tracked over the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, dropping large hail and causing extensive damage.
picture of hail
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How does the hail that fell on October 5th compare to past hail storms? Since 1950, the largest hail stone to fall in Arizona was 4.5" in diameter. This occurred near Mayer, AZ on September 28, 1995. The 3" diameter hail that fell in Phoenix on October 5, 2010 was the largest hail ever reported in Maricopa County and the Phoenix Metro Area. Some of the largest hail stones to fall in the state are listed in the table below.
RankSizeDateLocation
14.50"09/28/1995Yavapai (Mayer)
24.00"03/12/1958Graham (E of Safford)
33.00"10/05/2010Maricopa (Phoenix)
3.00"08/28/2002Pima (Tucson)
3.00"07/20/1998Coconino (SE of Flagstaff)
3.00"06/13/1955Gila (NW of Payson)
72.75"08/15/2003Yavapai (Black Canyon City)
2.75"09/15/1999Yavapai (NE of Prescott)
2.75"09/28/1995Pima (Aravica)
2.75"07/25/1990Maricopa (Nr Cave Creek)
112.50"10/05/2010Maricopa (Scottsdale)
2.50"10/02/1984Gila (Nr Globe)
2.50"09/17/1971Gile (SE of Payson)

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