Hail Storms

All Hail the Hail Storm

ALL ABOUT HAIL

Hail embryos form in thunderstorms clouds and are snow pellets or frozen rain. The embryos start at one part of the storms but wind and air currents carry them towards the main part of the storm. When the embryos touch with supercooled water droplets, the hail storm develops. When the embryos touch the droplets they come together because of the temperature of the droplets. The longer a hail storm remains with supercooled water droplets the larger the storm is or if they are supported for a long time in the same cloud updraft. In the U.S. hail storms are most frequent in western Nebraska, eastern Colorado Texas, and southeastern Wyoming. Other places include Argentina, northern Italy, South Africa, the Caucasus region between the Caspian and Black sea, and Kenya.
Environmental Science & Weather : How Does Hail Form?

Facts

More damage when windy

The largest hail stone was as big as a soccer ball

Sometimes bigger than a grapefruit

About $1,000,000,000 worth of damage in U.S.

As many layers as an onion

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