From tennis balls to gumballs to nickels: Storms drop hail of all sizes

Hail the size of gumballs collects in the grass in South Park Friday evening, Jan. 18, 2021, in Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK/STAFF
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Hail the size of gumballs collects in the grass in South Park Friday evening, Jan. 18, 2021, in Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK/STAFF

Credit: Cornelius Frolik

Credit: Cornelius Frolik

Severe storms on Friday evening spawned a tornado and dropped heavy rain and hail across the region.

The largest hail reported was tennis ball sized — about 2½ inches — that was reported just after 7:30 p.m. in Beavercreek by a trained weather spotter of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Other reports of hail to the NWS include:

Golf ball-sized hail (1¾-inch), Trotwood at 6 p.m.

Pingpong ball-sized hail (1½-inch), Riverside at 7:15 p.m.

Gumball-sized hail (a little larger than 1-inch), Dayton, at 7:19 p.m.

Quarter-sized (1-inch) hail with vehicle damage reported, Northridge, 6:08 p.m.

Quarter-sized (1-inch) hail, Downtown Dayton, at 5:56 p.m.

Quarter-sized (1-inch), West Chester Twp., 11:18 p.m.

Nickel-sized (0.88-inch) hail, Clayton at 6:35 p.m.

Nickel-sized (0.88-inch) hail, Greenville at 5:48 p.m.