Middle English, from Old English hægl; akin to Old High German hagal hail
Date: before 12th century
Yesterday about 5 pm we had a hailstorm. It has been storming on and off most of the day, but on the first day of June a HAIL STORM? We usually have those in Mid July. Nonetheless a sight to behold… our hail was Pea sized, no damage to the veggie garden or the flowers… The sky was a kaleidoscope of activity that was totally memorizing The name "Kaleidoscope" is a combination of three Greek words that mean "an instrument with which we can see things of beautiful form.". "The Kaleidoscope fascinates us all, and we watch - and wait - sometimes holding our breath, as the patterns of color continue to change with the passage of time." Rebecca Blackwell Drake
So was this storm…while some hailstorms are truly devastating we were lucky in the small amounts that plummeted down on our deck.
Pictures of different sized Hail! Storm Chaser on You Tube!
Nearly everyone welcomes the warm, sunny days of summer. But with summer come thunderstorms, bringing tornadoes, flash floods, and hail. Although tornadoes and flash floods are dramatic by-products of thunderstorms, hail can be far more devastating to property and crops.
Hail is formed in huge cumulonimbus clouds, commonly known as thunderheads. When the ground is heated during the day by the sun, the air close to the ground is heated as well. Hot air, being less dense and therefore lighter than cold air, rises and cools. As it cools, its capacity for holding moisture decreases. When the rising, warm air has cooled so much that it cannot retain all of its moisture, water vapor condenses, forming puffy-looking clouds. The condensing moisture releases heat of its own into the surrounding air, causing the air to rise faster and give up even more moisture.