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Super sizing

Gazette staff June 6th, 2012

There’s nothing like a hailstorm to inspire the creativity of TV meteorologists. The May 29 hail that attacked the metro is a prime example. As chunks of ice rained down, the weather guys took to the airwaves to describe just how big the hail was.

Credit: Brad Gregg

KWTV Channel 9’s Gary England and KFOR-TV Channel 4’s Mike Morgan batted around the usual, tiresome comparisons: quarter-sized, golf ball-sized, baseball-sized, softball-sized. Yawn.

Morgan briefly livened things by suggesting some of the hail was grapefruit-sized, but we took a look outside and think he got his grapefruits and clementines confused.

But then KOCO Channel 5 Rick Mitchell upped the stakes by calling the hail “teacup-sized.” It’s unclear if Rick was referring to hail in Oklahoma City or in Berwick-upon-Tweed, but the teacups certainly got things brewing on Twitter:

—“Tea cup size hail? Rick Mitchell is just making stuff up now...” —@lablair

—“Tea cup-size hail is bigger than softball-size hail. It’s also much more likely to watch ‘Downton Abbey.’” —@ElwellEats

—“We’ve just been upgraded to TEA CUP sized hail. If they mention any other tea party related accessories I’m taking cover.” —@theHitmarker

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06.06.2012 at 06:43 Reply

I wonder how long before they begin to refer to the hail by the size of their own testicles.  Cause lies this big take some serious huevos!