Watch this video of hail as big as golf balls pelting American Eagle flight 3195 at Abilene Regional Airport:
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The hail was relatively well-forecast. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center SPC) highlighted central and eastern Texas as having an elevated probability of large hail exceeding two inches in diameter – as portrayed by the hatched area in the image below.
“VERY LARGE HAIL APPEARS TO BE THE MAIN RISK…”, it wrote in its discussion of the storm threat. Abilene sits just west of the highlighted area so while SPC correctly identified the hazard, its boundaries were a bit off.