hail·​storm ˈhāl-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio)
: a storm accompanied by hail

Examples of hailstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s scant evidence that hailstorms or tornadoes or blizzards are on the increase, for example. Scott Denning, The Conversation, 13 Sep. 2023 Experts say some areas will likely see an increase in hailstorms, along with more potentially damaging hail, even as the global surface warms. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 11 Aug. 2023 The tornados cap days of severe weather, including hailstorms and heavy winds, in the Chicago area. Roxana Saberi, CBS News, 13 July 2023 At the same time, renewable energy developers across the U.S. are facing more restrictive terms with higher deductibles and less coverage for events like hailstorms. Mark Chediak, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2023 Germany experienced a freak hailstorm over the weekend, and up to a foot of hailstones piled up in the streets. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2023 From the cicadas singing in the countryside to the scent of urine in the city; from the violent hailstorm that whitens streets in a matter of seconds to the deep blue of the sea; from the aroma of helichrysum bushes in the sun to the juicy red of a slice of watermelon. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Where hail occurs the most According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming frequently top all other the states with the most hailstorms. USA TODAY, 17 July 2023 Climate scientists and environmentalists hold out hope that each new hurricane and hailstorm could nudge Americans toward action. David Gelles, New York Times, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hailstorm was in the 15th century

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“Hailstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hailstorm. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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hail·​storm -ˌstȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio)
: a storm accompanied by hail

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