Why's it gotta be baseball-sized hail?

June 12, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Chicago is set to hit the ice tonight, and we’re not talking about the Hawks.

Current severe weather forecasts for Wednesday evening are calling for possible “baseball” sized hail, classified by the National Weather Service’s Forecast Office as 2 ¾ inches in diameter. The office has several size comparisons to everyday objects it uses instead of using ruler measurements to describe severity.

Weather nerds and watchers alike: How well do you know your hail? Turn the captions on and click through the gallery above to see if you can match the diameter of the icy stuff with the everyday objects meteorologists use to describe it.

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