This freezing process forms a hailstone
. Eventually, the hailstone
becomes too heavy and it falls to the ground.
It is well known that hailstones
are found in a variety of nonhomogeneous shapes and can have large protuberances, which makes characterizing their true shape difficult using conventional means (i.e., caliper or ruler).
This process can continue until the weight of the hailstone
causes it to fall out of the cloud.
The heavens opened up and there was just ice dropping from the sky - it was the size of sugar cubes, or even bigger, the whole place was getting covered in hailstones
It cleared just in time for an impressive 30-minute fireworks display, although that was again punctuated by 10 minutes of huge hailstones
bouncing down - leaving many shielding their eyes instead of looking up at the display.
"One minute we were pouring water over our heads and putting ice packs down our back, the next minute we had ice falling from the sky with the hailstones
and the temperature dropped to 10 degrees.
On July 23, 1996, orangesized hailstones
caused almost PS210 million worth of damage in the Canadian cities of Calgary and Winnipeg, as well as serious flooding.
Resident Marian Ware added that her garden was covered with hailstones
It dropped 14,000ft in two minutes as the baseballsized hailstones
pounded the Delta Airlines Airbus, smashing the windscreen and nose cone and destroying its GPS navigation system.
Thursday followed a similar pattern, minus the hailstones
, with warm sunshine in the morning giving way to an early evening downpour.
"It's just covered in leaves." Sophie Newton, who lives in Sacriston, County Durham, was stunned as hailstones
the size of her palm pelted her car and left her car windows smashed.
Martin Lawrence Hughes, 28, was spotted on December 7 last year travelling at "excess speeds" despite heavy hailstones