Hail Formation Process

hail balls on the groundHave you ever gotten stuck out in a hail storm? You may have found out the hard way that hail hurts. It actually causes serious injury to about 18 people every year. Always remember to practice caution if a hail storm seems possible. If you’d like to learn a little bit about its formation, we’ve gone over the process here.

 

How it forms:

The gist of hail formation involves an updraft and lower levels of freezing atmosphere. The updraft carries water from the clouds up into the freezing levels, keeping it there while it both freezes and accumulates more moisture. When these frozen balls of ice gain enough weight, they fall down from the sky as hail.

 

Remember, hail forms in cumulonimbus (thunder) clouds, so you need to exercise extreme caution. Also, your roof NEEDS to get inspected after every hail storm; hail notoriously causes undetectable damage that compounds into expensive leaks later on. If you need storm damage repair, Williams Roofing has you covered. To find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (217) 636-8071.