When I'm wondering about weather folklore and historical events this is the man I go to. With more than 50 years of statistical and observational research, he's the dude! When it comes to lunar cycles, woolly bear caterpillars, insects, bugs, and animals, he tracks them, records them, and establishes ties to weather patterns. He's a knowledgeable and interesting man. His name is Steve Gottschalk by way of Lowden, Iowa. I'm grateful to him for lending his unique perspective to the site. After a long COVID break, Steve's "wild" world of weather can be found regularly right here on TSwails.com. Take it away Steve!

Are Hailstones Getting Larger?

With the "monster hail" that Hondo, Texas received earlier this spring (with a stone 6.4" in diameter and weighing 1.26 lbs.), I was curious to see if the hailstones were increasing in size over recent years. I found that 15 states have set official or unofficial records since 2000.