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

Definition of hailstorm

: a storm accompanied by hail

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According to the Washington Post, the birds at the lake may have had no warning of the incoming hailstorm, as there were reportedly indications that the hail began to fall first, minutes before the rain. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Hail Kills 11K Birds in Montana Storm — and the Birds Likely Had No Warning: Report," 23 Aug. 2019 The homeowner reportedly lost four windows and a car windshield in the hailstorm, which featured pelting hail driven by strong thunderstorm winds. Matthew Cappucci, chicagotribune.com, "Montana hailstorm slaughters 11,000 birds," 22 Aug. 2019 After my windshield was shattered in a Princeton hailstorm, I was led to a shop in a less august town, where, with the coordination of surgeons, young men my age replaced the curving glass. Mark Helprin, National Review, "Everyday Americans: Unknown Unknowns," 22 Aug. 2019 One tantalizing possibility is that Roopkund victims were pilgrims who died during the Raj Jat after getting caught in a severe hailstorm. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "DNA study deepens mystery of lake full of skeletons," 20 Aug. 2019 Wine growers constantly face new adversaries in the vineyard—such as hailstorms, heat waves, and disease pressure—that are unpredictable and destructive. Fortune, "How Portugal Became the Epicenter of Sustainability for the Wine Industry," 18 Aug. 2019 The Mexican city woke up Sunday morning to more than 3 feet of ice in some areas after a heavy hailstorm swept through the region. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Guadalajara, Mexico, blanketed in freak hailstorm," 1 July 2019 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

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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) \

Kids Definition of hailstorm

: a storm that brings hail

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