May 11, 1894. Remarkable Hail.—During a severe hailstorm at Vicksburg (U.S.A.) a remarkably large hailstone was found to have a solid nucleus, consisting of a piece of alabaster, from 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length. During the same storm, at Borina, 8 miles east of Vicksburg, a gopher turtle, 6 in. by 8 in., and entirely encased in ice, fell with the hail. These hailstorms occurred on the south side of a region of cold northerly winds; they were apparently accompanied by local whirls which carried heavy objects from the earth's surface up to the clouds, where they were encased by successive layers of snow and ice.
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Historic Natural Events. Nature 125, 728–729 (1930). https://doi.org/10.1038/125728b0