Giant Hailstone from the American Midwest

Giant Hailstone from the American Midwest

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A giant hailstone retreived from a field in Kansas in the wake of a tornado. The hailstone formed as smaller hailstones fused and froze in the massive updrafts of a storm supercell. They rained down in large numbers across a limited area. Such large hailstones can do considerable damage to livestock and property as well as represent a direct risk to human life. Aeroplanes can also face strikes from such large ice masses during flight. Climate change is thought to make the occurence of such 'freak' events more common.

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