Hail can strike anywhere in the United States with little or no warning and are capable of causing significant damages. It is important that every community be prepared by understanding hail and the associated dangers.
The size of individual hailstones that reach surface level is determined by speed of the updraft which create the individual ice crystals at atmospheric levels. Larger hailstones are capable of producing damage to property, and particularly with very large hailstones, resulting in serious injury or death due to blunt-force trauma induced by the impact of the hailstones. Hailstone size is typically correspondent to the size of an object for comparative purposes.