Hail Process Overview

Hail: nobody really likes it because it doesn’t come with any positive effects. However, the fact that balls of ice can form up in the atmosphere and then drop down at terminal velocity to the ground does seem pretty amazing. Do you know how the process of its forming occurs? We have put together a brief overview here to help you understand.

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The process of hail’s formation takes place in cumulonimbus clouds, what we know as thunder clouds. It doesn’t generally occur in winter (unlike sleet, a different process) because warm air creates the updrafts necessary for its creation. These updrafts push water droplets up into the top of the clouds, where the temperature drops below freezing. At speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, these updrafts hold the slowly building balls of ice until they become too heavy and fall to the ground. 


Hail can severely damage all sorts of property, including cars, crops, and your roof. Should you need hail damage repair for your residential or commercial building’s roof, MAK Roofing & Construction has you covered. To find out more about this service, or any of our many others, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (915) 691-0532.