Video: Hailstones the size of a 10p piece surprise shoppers and residents in Holt

PUBLISHED: 20:05 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 20:05 22 May 2014

Hailstones the size of a 10p piece seen in Holt; Photo credit: @NorfolkBea.

Hailstones the size of a 10p piece seen in Holt; Photo credit: @NorfolkBea.


It is the type of weather expected for the colder months but a popular Georgian town in north Norfolk witnessed hailstones the size of a 10p piece coming down in Holt this afternoon.

Surprisingly the phenomenon is not unheard of for this time of year and is common following heavy storms in the summer months - such as the rain experienced during last night and early this morning.

Weatherquest forecaster, Jim Bacon, explained that the hailstones are caused by a type of cloud which forms following this type of weather.

“Big, tall cumulonimbus clouds are what makes the hailstorms and showers,” he said. “It’s the cold air in the upper atmosphere and warm air near the ground, which is heated by the sunshine, which creates these clouds.

“They can be up to five or six miles tall.”

One follower on Twitter and Holt resident, @NorfolkBea, saw the hailstones at around 5.15pm and said: “Just had massive hailstorm in Holt! Had a hint of evil about it. Freaked the birds out, especially the baby starlings and blackbirds. Their first taste of severe weather.”

And Sarah Handley, of Stanhoe near Docking, also reported hailstones in the village and in Burnham Market.

There were also reports of thunder in Cromer.

Mr Bacon added that tonight’s weather would see one or two showers in the north west of Norfolk but would remain mainly dry. This would follow into tomorrow but people in west Norfolk may experience some showers in the evening.

• Have you experienced strange weather in Norfolk this evening? Email reporter or follow on Twitter @donnaloubishop.


  • Donna, you can't trust eyewitnesses-especially in Holt! You need photographic evidence to back up anything they claim to have seen. And the picture with this story just doesn't cut it. What if they had said 'The size of a £2 coin', would you have taken that at face value without some further evidence? I think not. Your report writing is not in question Donna, it is the photographer's fault for suppling poor evidence, @NorfolkBea has made a mockery of the whole story. The climatic phenomena society of Comer feel very let down. Backwoodsman-Here to help.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'm sorry you think so backwoodsman - certainly the people I interviewed told me they believed the hailstones to be the size of a 10p. Thank you for reading the article though and for your comment. Best wishes.

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    Reporter Donna-Lou

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • This is poor reportting. The hailstones are not the size of a 10p piece! A more accurate headline would be as follows: 'Hailstones somewhere between 25% and 70% the size of a 10p piece(from a two dimensional perspective) fell in Holt today.'

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

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