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Matthew R. Kumjian, Rachel Gutierrez, Joshua S. Soderholm, Stephen W. Nesbitt, Paula Maldonado, Lorena Medina Luna, James Marquis, Kevin A. Bowley, Milagros Alvarez Imaz, and Paola Salio

environment of the supercell that produced the Vivian, South Dakota, hailstone (which registers as the world record for maximum dimension: 20 cm or 8 in.) and analyzed some of the storm’s radar characteristics. Their evaluation of the environment indicated that it was indeed supportive of severe convective storms, but it was not obviously supportive of such large hail as was observed. Other studies focused on radar observations of storms producing giant or gargantuan hail. Blair et al. (2011) compared

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