Battling Nature’s Fury: The Devastating Impact of Hailstorms


Hailstorms are one of the most dramatic and destructive weather events. They occur when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere, where they freeze into balls of ice called hailstones. These hailstones can range in size from small pebbles to large grapefruits, causing significant damage when they fall to the ground.

For instance, a severe hailstorm in Texas last year resulted in millions of dollars in damages. Cars were dented, windows were broken, and crops were destroyed. Farmers were especially hard hit, as their fields of ripe vegetables and fruits were shredded by the hail. One farmer reported that he had to meticulously file down the sharp edges of his damaged machinery to make it usable again.

Meteorologists, scientists who study weather, work hard to predict hailstorms. They scrutinize weather patterns and use technology like radar to detect the formation of hail. By doing this, they can issue warnings to help people protect themselves and their property. For example, if a hailstorm is predicted, car owners might move their vehicles into garages to avoid damage.

Hailstorms can be dangerous, but with careful preparation and early warnings, much of the damage can be minimized. It’s important to stay informed about the weather, especially during thunderstorm season, to stay safe and protect your belongings.


Quiz 1: True or False

  1. Hailstones are formed from raindrops that freeze.
  2. All hailstones are the size of grapefruits.
  3. Meteorologists use radar to help predict hailstorms.

Quiz 2: Multiple Choice

  1. What causes hailstones to form? a) Warm temperatures b) Strong updrafts in thunderstorms c) Low humidity
  2. How can people protect their cars during a hailstorm? a) Drive faster b) Move their cars into garages c) Cover their cars with blankets
  3. What did the farmer have to do after the hailstorm? a) Plant new crops b) Sell his farm c) File down the edges of his damaged machinery

Discussion Questions

*Choose a question that is easier for you to answer.

  1. Have you ever experienced a hailstorm? If so, what happened and how did it affect you?
  2. Why do you think it’s important to stay informed about weather predictions, especially during thunderstorm season?

Interactive Activity

Watch the Video: Hailstorm Time LapseYouTube Video


  1. What was the most interesting or surprising aspect you learned about hailstorms from the video? Why did it capture your attention?