Recent Examples of hailstone from the Web
Rows of tornadoes rip up the landscape, tsunami-sized waves sweep through cities, massive hailstones crash through car windows, and flash-frozen birds fall out of the sky.
The silver iodide causes water droplets in the clouds to form ice crystals that become heavier and fall faster, releasing rain and small hailstones — rather than larger stones that could batter crops.
Hailstones don’t form or grow very big without massive amounts of air billowing up from below.
Between 1735 and 1738, Handel’s London was assailed by walnut-sized hailstones, the most violent winds in thirty years, and the Thames’s highest tide in fifty.
And that’s just a hailstone’s throw away (.3 inches) from the current record for the water year, which runs from October through September.
So the takeaway is that supercells will generally create bigger hailstones, but any other morphological changes are determined by highly variable temperatures, wind speeds, cloud densities, and other meteorological factors.
The institute is also doing its own hail research focused on what causes different types and sizes of hail, as well as hailstone softness and materials that can better withstand hail damage.
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First Known Use of hailstone
before 12th century
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