There are more than 6,000 major hail storms that take place all across the country every year. As a result, there’s a good chance that you’ve been involved in at least one of them throughout the course of your life. But even if hail storms are regular events in your city or town, there is a lot that you probably don’t know about them.
Here are a few shocking facts about hail that will make you look at hail storms in a whole new way:
Hail is too light to fall to the ground when it first forms
Hailstones begin to take their shape inside of thunderstorms. They start off as small droplets of water that have been supercooled before freezing when they come into contact with dirt or dust that’s also located inside of the storm. But initially, hailstones are too light to make their way down to the ground, so they just bounce around inside of the storm. It’s not until they collect more water and grow to be larger in size that they finally plummet down towards the earth.
Hail can travel down to the earth at speeds of almost 100 miles per hour
Most of the hailstones that make their way down towards the ground don’t come anywhere close to hitting 100 miles per hour. But there are “severe” hailstones that can top one inch in diameter and pick up a ton of speed as they travel towards the earth. Some of these hailstones can move as quickly as almost 100 miles per hour, which obviously makes them very dangerous to the people, places, and things they might encounter.
Hail causes more than $1 billion in damage every single year
A hail storm with relatively small hailstones won’t do a whole lot of damage. But there are some hail storms than churn out hailstones that are well over one inch in diameter. These hail storms can have hailstones that top two inches in diameter or more in some cases, and they can cause a ridiculous amount of damage to homes, vehicles, and more. Every year, they do more than $1 billion in damage in total.
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