Surprising Hail Facts

Hail storms occur in all 50 US states each year, but are most prevalent in states east of the Rocky Mountains.

65% of hail falls outside the typical 8-5 work week while managers are off work.

Hail forms as a result of strong updrafts inside supercell storms. These updrafts repeatedly lift hail stones up through layers of super cooled moisture which freezes on the stones, causing them to grow.

The largest hail stone recorded to date fell in Vivian, SD, on July 30, 2010. It measured 8″ in diameter, 18.5″ in circumference and weighed almost 2 pounds. Hail stones of this size are extremely rare.

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