Hailstorms: 50 Most Intense

See the TORRO Hail Scale page for more information on hailstorm intensities.

The 50 Most Intense Hailstorms, 1650 To Date

Date Max TORRO intensity Swath length km Swath width km Course of hailstorm
28 July 1666 H6     Aldeburgh (Suffolk)
30 June 1687 H6+     Alvanley (Cheshire)
10 May 1697 H7 85   St Asaph (Denbighshire) >
Blackburn (Lancashire)
15 May 1697 H8 5+   Offley/Hitchin (Hertfordshire)
17 June 1697 H5-6     Westhide (Herefordshire)
14 July 1719 H6+ 32   "Twenty parishes" near Seighford (Staffordshire)
5 Aug 1738 H5-6 25   Uxbridge (Greater London) >
St Albans (Hertfordshire)
5 Aug 1761 H6+     Benfield (Northamptonshire)
19 Aug 1763 H7 65 5-7 Tunbridge Wells >
Isle of Sheppey (Kent)
18 Aug 1797 H6+     Helford Passage (Cornwall)
4 May 1800 H6 65 6-7 Kettering (Northamptonshire) >
Stamford (Lincolnshire)
19 Aug 1800 H7 60 8-10 Upper Heyford (Oxfordshire) >
Clophill (Bedfordshire)
15 July 1808 H6-7 95 10 Poyntington (Dorset)/Milborne Port (Somerset) >
Monmouth
24 July 1818 H7 32 3 Stronsay >
N Ronaldsay (Orkney Islands)
15 May 1833 H5-6 20 8 Southowram (West Yorkshire) >
Keighley (North Yorkshire)
9 Aug 1843 H7 255 15-20 Stow-on-the-Wold (Gloucestershire) >
Horsey (Norfolk)
1 Aug 1846 H6 5   Weldon (Northamptonshire)
16 July 1852 H5-6 35+   Leigh (Worcestershire) >
Pedmore (West Midlands)
23 Aug 1855 H6 5   Newport (Isle of Wight)
20 July 1859 H6 15+   E Barnet (Greater London) >
Loughton (Essex)
16 June 1870 H6 70 12-14 Bridport/Abbotsbury (Dorset) >
Warminster/Corsley (Wiltshire)
3 Aug 1879 H6-7 30 5-7 Teddington (Greater London) >
Watford (Hertfordshire)
3 July 1883 H6 25 10 Caistor (Lincolnshire) >
Barton-on-Humber (N Lincs)
2 June 1889 H6 70 5 Botesdale (Suffolk) >
Thornham (Norfolk)
8 July 1893 H6-7 30 7 Baldersby (North Yorkshire) >
Barnard Castle (Co Durham)
30 May 1897 H6 80 8 Seaford (East Sussex) >
Gillingham (Kent)
24 June 1897 H7 115 15 Slough (Buckinghamshire) >
Brightlingsea (Essex)
11 June 1900 H5-6 50+ 8-10 Northampton >
Melton Mowbray (Leicestershire)
20 July 1900 H6 50+ 10-12 Northampton >
Anstey (Leicestershire)
2 Aug 1906 H6 105 5-7 Moulsoe (Buckinghamshire) >
The Wash
27 May 1913 H6 120 8-10 Riseley (Bedfordshire) >
Holbrook (Suffolk)
4 July 1915 (a) H6 20   Appledore >
Combe Martin (North Devon)
4 July 1915 (b) H6-7 165 16 Highbridge (Somerset) >
Winslow (Buckinghamshire)
16 July 1918 H6 35   S Holmwood (Surrey) >
Bromley (Greater London)
25 May 1922 H6 10   Tunbridge Wells etc (Kent)
22 July 1925 H6 20   Bexley/Dartford (Kent) >
West Ham (Greater London)
22 Sept 1935 H6 335 16 Newport (Gwent) >
Mundesley (Norfolk)
11 May 1945 H6 40 7 Cassington/N Wolvercote (Oxfordshire) >
Padbury (Buckinghamshire)
16 July 1947 H6 65   Semer/Sudbury (Suffolk) >
Wymondham (Norfolk)
5 Sept 1958 H6-7 150 10-15 W Wittering (West Sussex) >
Maldon (Essex)
9 July 1959 H5-6 220 10-15 Sutton Scotney (Hampshire) >
Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk)
13 July 1967 H6 90 8 Harptree (Somerset) >
Aldsworth (Gloucestershire)
1 July 1968 H6 90   Exebridge (Devon) >
Tredegar (Gwent)
2 July 1968 H6 35   Start Point >
Newton Abbot (Devon)
14 July 1975 H5-6 105 7-10 Edgbaston (West Midlands) >
Carburton (Nottinghamshire)
5 June 1983 H5a 200 10-12 Chickerell (Dorset) >
Eastbourne (East Sussex)
7 June 1983 H5-6 130 10 St Martins (Shropshire) >
Elslack-in-Craven (North Yorkshire)
26 May 1985 H6 75 15 Romford (Greater London) >
Preston-St-Mary (Suffolk)
24 July 1994 H6 35 15 Asfordby (Leicestershire) >
Welby (Lincolnshire)
7 June 1996 H6 180 7-8 Hale (Hampshire) >
Comberton (Cambridgeshire)