hail·​storm | \ ˈhāl-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio) \

Definition of hailstorm

: a storm accompanied by hail

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Though hailstorms aren't uncommon in summer in Jalisco, nothing of this magnitude had been recorded, according to AFP. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The 15-year-old who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon 🎾," 1 July 2019 The hailstorm in Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City, came after several days of hot weather with temperatures approaching 90 degrees. Fox News, "Freak hailstorm in Mexico buries cars, swamps streets in up to 5 feet of ice," 2 July 2019 At the end of the month, a freak storm buried Guadalajara, Mexico, in hail, and on Thursday morning news outlets reported that freak hailstorms in Greece killed seven people. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 Residents of the Mexican city of Guadalajara woke up to a massive hailstorm Sunday that covered several neighborhoods in a layer of ice up to five feet thick in some areas. Julia Webster, Time, "Guadalajara Covered in Feet of Ice After 'Never-Before-Seen' Hailstorm," 1 July 2019 Residents of Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up to an unusual surprise over the weekend, after an intense hailstorm left the city streets buried in snow. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "'Freakish' Summer Hailstorm Buries Streets of Guadalajara in Up to 6 Feet of Ice," 1 July 2019 In 2016, a tornado and accompanying hailstorm killed 98 people in eastern Jiangsu province. Washington Post, "Tornado in northeast China kills 6 people, injures 190," 4 July 2019 Situated some 5,000 feet above sea level, the city is no stranger to summer hailstorms. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Summer Hailstorm Buried the Mexican City of Guadalajara Under Ice," 2 July 2019 But hailstorms do pose a serious risk to life and property, Marsh said. NBC News, "What explains the freak hailstorm in Mexico? Here's what scientists say," 2 July 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hailstorm

: a storm that produces hail


hail·​storm | \ ˈhāl-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio) \

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: a storm that brings hail

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