Hail is precipitation that is formed when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere. Hail can damage aircraft, homes and cars, and can be deadly to livestock and people.

The strength of the updraft corresponds to the size of the hail. The stronger the updraft, the longer the ice particles can be suspended in the cloud. When the hailstones become too heavy for the updraft to keep airborne, they fall down to the ground.

Some thunderstorms can produce large hail stones that can reach the size of baseballs, softballs, or even as big as computer compact discs (CD)! These large hail stones can fall at speeds over 100 mph! – that’s why they are dangerous!

If caught outside during a hailstorm, get under a sturdy structure right away! If you are in a large open area, cover your head to avoid injury.hail