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After a huge hailstorm on Sept. 15, 2010, a Topeka, Kan., meteorologist took to social media to read what people were saying about the severe weather. What he found would go into the city's weather record books.
Scott Blair found photos of one massive hailstone after the other, including one whose diameter was more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) larger than the largest ever found in the state, reported the Wichita Eagle.
The finding highlights a new trend in weather reports on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter that is helping meteorologists better document everything from tornadoes to lightning. Five of the largest hailstones on record in the United States have been found since 2003, due in part to the rise in social media, the Eagle reported.