Imagine trying to get up and gather your strength, but instead of turning off the alarm, you are woken up by a piece of ice the size of a cannonball. This is exactly what happened to the family from Wisconsin.
This huge chunk of ice punctured the roof and ceiling of the house, leaving a large hole right above the family bed. A large ball of ice weighing 6 kg broke through the ceiling of the bedroom.
"He hit me," said the owner of the house, Ken Millermont. "If he fell on me, I would probably fly out into the street. As soon as he flew, everything was covered with insulating dust. I could not see."
6 kilograms of ice caused thousands of dollars in damage
"We have insurance for $ 1,000, but the damage is over $ 1,000," Millermon said.
Where did this piece of ice come from that fell on an apartment building in Elk Mound, a village in Dunn County, Wisconsin, USA?
“We had a thunderstorm that morning and the sky was dark,” said neighbor Nathaniel Sheri.
National Meteorological Service officials in Chanhassen, Minnesota said Tuesday morning storms were not severe enough to cause such a massive hail.
“All I know is that God had to watch over me because I could have died that morning,” Millermont said.
Was it a megacryometeor?
The term "megacryometeor" was coined by the Spanish geologist Jesus Martinez-Frias. So he called the huge hailstones that fell in Spain in 2000. The hailstones, weighing an average of 3 kilograms, flew from a completely cloudless sky for ten days in a row.
The Spaniards recorded more than 50 giant hailstones, whose weight ranged from 0.5 kg to several tens of kilograms. Falling, such hailstones left impressive craters in the ground, similar to the traces of the fall of real meteors.
The megacryometeor phenomenon is not unique to Europe. So, a piece of ice weighing 50 kg fell on Brazil, and hailstones about two meters in size fell on Scotland in 1849. Similar mega-grades have been reported in California and Chicago. Where do megacryometeors come from and what influences their formation, no one still knows.