How exactly do these ice-rocks form?
Hail and rain in essence are basically the same things, except the former consists mainly of round or irregular-shaped rocks made of hard, hard ice called hailstones. Unlike normal rain, scientists conclude that hail has a higher chance of giving you bukol. [firstpara]
Like rain, hail occurs through precipitation, which if we remember elementary science right has something to do with water vapor condensing, forming clouds before becoming storm or rain clouds. At a certain point, when these clouds can’t take it no more, rain or hail falls back to earth.
Hail, though, has a different way of formation compared to rain. The first step in the formation of hail is the accumulation of ice. This begins in the clouds, which is the result of strong updrafts that let the warm air rise and the cool air sink. The cool air in the clouds results in temperatures reaching levels that is below freezing, hence the formation of ice. The ice formed at that point won’t fall immediately because the strong updrafts suspend it in mid-air. As it is suspended, the hailstone progressively gets bigger and bigger. Once it’s too heavy to be supported by the updraft, it finally falls down to say hello to our unwitting foreheads.
Why don’t just they become snow, so the chances of people getting hurt are less?
Unlike hail, which is basically hard, frozen raindrop, snow is formed when water vapor is cooled and turned into ice without going through the liquid phase. The formation of the nuclei of these two forms of precipitation go through different processes, so you can’t just start to wish that hail wasn’t such a douche and just fall on us as snow. There are instances though when the hailstone turns into slush before they reach earth.
Additionally, according to meteorologists, snow can form into a thunderstorm and any rain-bearing cloud while hail can only occur in thunderstorms where the winds reach high velocities.
WORDS: GELO GONZALES
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