FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Have you ever wondered how hail forms?
It starts out as a small particle of frozen water droplets.
This particle begins growing on the edge of the intense updrafts.
Every time the particle gets pulled up and falls to the bottom of the updraft, additional layers of ice form.
That grows the hailstone in size and weight.
The hailstone is made mostly of ice and has a small amount of air in it.
Eventually, the weight of the hailstone will exceed the force of the updraft.
Most hailstones are around the size of a pea or a quarter, but they can be as large as golf balls or softballs.
That's when hail falls to the ground.
Depending on a hailstone's size, it will fall to the ground at different speeds.
A smaller hailstone will fall to the ground at speeds ranging from about 10 mph to 40 mph.
A larger hailstone can fall to the ground at speeds ranging from 60 to 80 mph or more.
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