Hail forms during a thunderstorm when raindrops are carried upward into cold areas of the atmosphere, where they freeze into balls of ice. These balls of ice, or hailstones, can travel up to 193 kmph, range in size from a pea to a softball, and can damage roof shingles, skylights, car windows, and more
Much of the damage from hail occurs during the spring and summer, when warm and humid weather fuels severe thunderstorms, yet hail can occur at any time of year.
While hailstorms can happen across the country, Canada’s Hailstorm Alley is comprised of an area of south and central Alberta, Canada where hail storms are frequently produced.
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