Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Hailstones consist mostly of water ice and measure between 5 millimetres and 15 centimetres in diameter.

Hail is possible within most thunderstorms as it is produced by cumulonimbi, and within about 4 km of the parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm (similar to tornadoes) and lowered heights of the freezing level. In the mid-latitudes, hail forms near the interiors of continents, while in the tropics, it tends to be confined to high elevations.

There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and weather radar imagery. Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earth's atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures and, most commonly, farmers' crops.

This is a Spring hailstorm in Melbourne, Australia.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. These little boogers can really cause trouble. Had to have a new roof as the result of a big storm a few years back. Nice job on your photos.

  2. You captured the feeling of a hail storm in your photos. Yes, they can be destructive and dangerous to people and property.

  3. We could certainly use rain here. Could you please send some our way?
    Thanks for sharing at

  4. They had so much hail in Colorado this week that they needed the snow removal trucks!

  5. Wow, look at the size of those


  6. Wonderful choice.... I don't like them when I feel them coming down on me

    Have a nice ABC-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)

  7. We had a wonderful holiday in Austria one August, Our hotel was situated at the top of
    a valley and at the foot of a snow covered mountain, absolutely idyllic.
    One morning whilst tucking into a hearty breakfast, there was a terrific thundering sound, we thought it was an Avalanche, thankfully, it turned out to be a hail storm, the hail stones were the size of golf ball, thankfully we were indoors so we could watch this wondrous sit with being battered by giant hailstones !
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  8. That was a lot of hail! How did you avoid slipping??

  9. You certainly managed to get a large dose of hail. We only managed a light flurry on my Mornington Peninsula. Terrific photos.


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