“New world record hail? There are unofficial reports of record-breaking hail up to *23 cm* in diameter, during severe hailstorms in Cordoba, Argentina two days ago (Feb 8). The current world record is at 20 cm (diameter) from the July 23, 2010 Vivian, South Dakota hailstorm.”
This is the Severe Risk Map for this (Sat.) PM – with a slight risk area north and northeast of New Orleans. Here’s U.S. lightning data.