[2015] Wyatt Stevens (Juniors): Hail

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[2015] Wyatt Stevens (Juniors): Hail


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How does hail form?

Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to carry water droplets well above the freezing level. This freezing process forms a hailstone, which can grow as additional water freezes onto it. Eventually, the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updrafts to support it and it falls to the ground.

Hail is lumps of ice that fall from thunderstorm clouds. Individual lumps, called hailstones, are usually round and have a rough surface.

What's Hail?

How high does the hail fall from?

Because hail forms in the top of the clouds, it falls almost 2 miles before it hits the ground.

Hail Facts

1.Hail causes about $1 billion dollars in damage to property and crops each year2.Hailstorms do not usually cause fatalities, but approximately 24 people are injured each year by hail in the U.S.3. Peak months for high hail activity are historically March, April, May, and June.

States that are at the most risk of hail


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