What is hail?

Ksenia Gaynulina
Ksenia Gaynulina
March 7, 2015
What is hail?

Hail is a certain type of precipitation. It consists of pieces of transparent ice of various forms, the size of which reaches several centimeters. The largest hailstones were recorded with a mass of 1 kg.

The hail differs from snow pellets in that it is larger and almost transparent when the snow pellets are white and easily crushed, i.e. more fragile.

Most often hail falls in the warm season, day or evening, at night - very rarely. Characterized by heavy rain and storm. Sometimes hail lies on the ground for one hour, but most often it melts after 5-7 minutes.

How does hail form

Hail originates in the cloud due to the freezing of individual droplets. Due to the collision of gradients with supercooled droplets, they can grow, grow in size. Due to strong upflows, hailstones for a long time do not fall to the ground and become more and more.

Dangerous hail

Such a phenomenon as hail can cause considerable damage to crops, people and their property. Strong hail can deform cars, roofs, knock out windows, etc.It destroys crops, is the destroyer of both young and large plants.

Sometimes hailstones reach such sizes that, falling out, can lead to a lethal outcome of the person or an animal. Therefore, in strong hail and bad weather, it is best to hide in a room and wait until the elements are raging.