By: Chris Reese


Hail is created when the moisture in the atmosphere during a rain is driven upwards by the high winds of a large thunderstorm where it freezes and then comes down. Most occurrences of hail happens during large, fast moving thunderstorms that often feature high winds and some have wind circulation that may create conditions for a tornado. Quite often, hail signals the end phase of a storm as it passes through an area.

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Pictures Of Hail Storms

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Globally Hail Storms

Landlocked states in the Great Plains and the Midwest are most frequently impacted by hailstorms. That’s because hail commonly occurs in regions where the air’s freezing altitude dips below 11,000 feet.

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Warning Signs Of Hail

To be aware if hail is going to happen, look for giant cumulonimbus clouds. Don’t look for it to get dark when hail is frozen pieces of ice falling from clouds. It a very dangerous form of weather.

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Plan To Survive Hail Storms

1.Stay Informed-Hail often occurs during severe weather patterns, such as strong thunderstorms. When severe weather threatens, tune in to a battery-powered radio for updates. A severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are right for thunderstorms to become severe. A severe thunderstorm warning means that a storm poses an immediate threat to the people and property in its path. This warning may be accompanied by a siren or other community alert system.

2.Move Inside, Stay Inside-Once you’re indoors, close all drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent broken window glass and hailstones from entering your home. If possible, move to a basement, cellar, or other level of the building not directly below the roof. Stay indoors until the storm has passed.

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