Hailstorm : Damage To The Crops
An intense hailstorm recently caused massive damage to the crops and fruits in south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Shopian districts.
- Hail is a type of solid rain made up of balls or lumps of ice.
- Storms that produce hail that reaches the ground are known as hailstorms.
- They typically last for no more than 15 minutes but can cause injuries to people and damage buildings, vehicles, and
- They are most common in the midlatitudes.
- Hailstorms can sometimes be accompanied by other severe weather events, such as cyclones and tornadoes.
- The size of hailstones can vary widely, from small pellets less than 1/4 inch in diameter to larger stones measuring several inches in size.
- Highly developed Cumulonimbus clouds need to be present.
- These are the massive anvil or mushroom-shaped clouds that are seen during thunderstorms, which can reach heights of up to 65,000 feet.
- There must be strong currents of air ascending through these clouds. These currents are commonly known as updrafts.
- The clouds will need to contain high concentrations of supercooled liquid water.