Hail is created during intense thunderstorms when upward wind motion repeatedly pushes water droplets up into the storm clouds. The water freezes, falls and is blown back up again to form layers of ice. Once the hailstones become heavy enough, they fall to the earth.
Hail Fast Facts:
•Hail causes about $1 billion dollars in damage to property and crops each year.
•The largest hailstone recorded in the U.S. fell on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota; it measured 8 inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference.
•Nearly all supercells produce hail, while less than 30 percent of supercells produce tornadoes.
•Hail one-inch (quarter size) or larger is considered “severe” by the National Weather Service.
Courtesy of Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety