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Haily Rollers

August 1897. Stirling, England. After a heavy thunderstorm with hailstones 'no larger than usual,' a shepherd thought he saw a sheep prostrate in a field. Closer inspection revealed instead a block of ice weighing about 50 kg (110 pounds!). This seems much too heavy for a conventional single hailstone. If it had been an agglomeration of smaller hailstones, it would have been smashed to bits upon impact. One meteorologist has suggested the ice block might have been a hail roller analogous to snow rollers. Snow rollers form when a small bit of snow starts rolling under the influence of the wind and/or gravity, ending up as a substantial natural cylinder of rolled-up snow. However, even the author seemed a bit dubious about hail rollers!

(Harrison, S.J.; "A Nineteenth Century Hail Roller?" Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 7:77, 1982.)

From Science Frontiers #22, JUL-AUG 1982. 1982-2000 William R. Corliss

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  • "A sourcebook of unexplained phenomena is therefore a valuable addition to a collection of scientific literature. William R. Corliss has provided this in the past with his source books of scientific anomalies in several subjects, and now he has provided it for astronomy. He has done an excellent job of collecting and editing a large amount of material, taken in part from scientific journals and in part from scientific reporting in the popular or semi-scientific press." -- "The Mysterious Universe: A Handbook of Astronomical Anomalies", reviwed by Thomas Gold, Cornell University, in Icarus, vol.41, 1980

  • "An interesting, systematic presentation of unusual weather [..] This book is recommended for a general audience" --"Corliss, William R., Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena, Sourcebook Project, 1983.", revieweed in Choice, September 1983
  • "..the science is necessarily somewhat speculative, but Corliss's symthesis is based on reputable sources." -- "Corliss, William R. (Compiler). Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena" reviwed by Joseph M. Moran, Univ. of Wisconsin in Science Books and Films, Sep/Oct 1983

  • "Before opening the book, I set certain standards that a volume which treads into dangerous grounds grounds like this must meet. The author scrupulously met, or even exceeded those standards. Each phenomenon is exhaustively documented, with references to scientific journals [..] and extensive quotations" -- "Book Review: The moon and planets: a catalog of astronomical anomalies", The Sourcebook Project, 1985., Corliss, W. R., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 81, no. 1 (1987), p. 24., 02/1987