My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.
Today’s disaster is...
HAILSTORMS are thunderstorms that produce hailstones. Hailstones are chunks of ice that measure between 5 millimeters and 15 centimeters (6 inches) in diameter. They fall from storm clouds like rain and snow, but create considerable damage to vehicles, aircrafts, buildings, and farmer’s crops. Hail also produces injuries to people caught outside such as bruising and even concussions and fatal head trauma in rare cases.
Hail formation requires strong, upward motion like with tornadoes, which is why hail is often a sign that a tornado is nearby.
FACT: Stronger storms will create larger hailstones.
Hail starts as water droplets in cumulonimbus clouds, but when they hit below freezing temperatures in the atmosphere, they become supercooled water and freeze.
FACT: Clouds with a greenish coloration indicates hail.
In North America, the area where Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming meet is known as “Hail Alley.” If you live in this area, hailstorms are common. China also experiences a lot of hailstorms.
FACT: The largest hailstone ever recorded was found in Vivian, South Dakota (United States) on July 23, 2013, measuring 8 inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference.
QUESTION: Have you experienced a hailstorm?
I remember them as a kid and being terrified as ice pelted my house during a blackout.
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