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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Golf ball marks from heaven and hail

By Jason Samenow

Huge dents in a putting green near Wichita, Kansas from a hailstorm on September 15, 2010. Source: National Weather Service Wichita

No, those indentations in that poor putting green (shown above) aren't due to countless inconsiderate golfers (though I've played on some greens resembling that). Those marks come courtesy an aerial assault from the heavens.

The National Weather Service in Wichita, KS reports a thunderstorm produced a massive hailstorm in the vicinity of that golf course on September 15. In some areas, the hail stones were larger than softballs. The biggest stone had a circumference of 15.7 inches (39.9 cm), weighed 1.1 pounds (0.5 kg) and had a diameter of 7.75 inches (19.7 cm), a new state record for Kansas.

Source: NASA's Earth Science Picture of the Day

By Jason Samenow  | October 11, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms  
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That looks like the surface of the moon, only in green. I guess you can call those "hail stone craters" similar to well-known meteor craters.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 11, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, that's crazy! What an unusual picture.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 11, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic. Keep those freaky beautiful pictures coming.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 11, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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