Tuesday’s 2-inch hail broke records for Suffolk County

Hail and high winds pounded the waters at Carson Beach Tuesday.
Hail and high winds pounded the waters at Carson Beach Tuesday.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

The powerful storm that swept across Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon dropped two-inch hail that was the largest ever recorded in Suffolk County, the National Weather Service said.

Jamaica Plain saw Suffolk County’s largest hail Tuesday, with measurements of up to two inches in diameter. The hail broke the county’s prior record of 1 1/2-inch diameter hail, which fell over the region on June 6, 1966, according to weather service meteorologist Nicole Belk. The hail records go back to 1950.

Statewide, the largest hail ever recorded had a 4-inch diameter in Windsor on June 1, 2011.

“To have thunderstorms going through producing this amount of hail across so many communities ... it’s not something you see every year,” Belk said.


Forecasters expected another storm to hit the region Wednesday afternoon, though Belk said the results wouldn’t be nearly as dramatic.

“We could have some thunderstorms this afternoon that could produce small hail or winds,” she said, “but nothing like yesterday.”

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.