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Hailstorm

by Kirsten

Hail is a falling piece of ice that can kill you. It can break a sheet of metal or thick glass.

Hail forms in the middle of a thunder storm. Hail consists of large ice particles. Large hailstones fall at a speed faster than 100 mph. Hail can cause 1 billion dollars in damage.

Hail makes different sounds depending on the size and shape. Hail season in Colorado is March through October. The hail develops in a cumulonimbus cloud. Hail stones sometimes weigh over 1.6 lbs.

Hail of different sizes may collide. It can be the size of a coffee cup, grapefruit or a soft ball which will really hurt and cause you to start bleeding.

Hail stones generally begin forming on seeds of small frozen rain drops or soft ice particles known as grapple, which are hardened conglomerates of snow flakes.

Hail forms as a result of the updrafts common in severe weather systems. The updrafts are not only the agent of producing hail, it is also responsible for pushing cumulonimbus clouds.

Eventually each hail stone breaks free and plunges to earth. Hail stones require strong updrafts and cold levels.

Hail is the prime warm season kind of frozen precipitation, coming from severe thunderstorms. Hailstones when sliced reveal an onion-like layering in their center.

Most hail stones melt before they hit the ground or become very soft. In order for the frozen rain drops to grow into real hail stones, they must have additional ice.



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