Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 mm in diameter. Hailstones can form in a thunderstorm with a strong updraught when frozen raindrops, suspended in the updraught, grow rapidly by sweeping up small cloud droplets which freeze on contact. Any thunderstorm where hail reaches the ground is known as a hail storm. Hail storms are often very destructive and can have significant economic implications as the result of damaged infrastructure, vehicles, aeroplanes, livestock and crops.

Image: Hail lies on Flinders St in Melbourne's CBD after a severe storm, 6 March 2010, Shiny Things (Filckr)

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Name Category Location Date
Hail Hail - Sydney 2007 Hail New South Wales 09/12/2007 view resource
Hail Hail - Lismore, New South Wales 2007 Hail New South Wales 08/10/2007 view resource
Hail Hail - Hunter Valley, New South Wales 2006 Hail New South Wales 31/10/2006 view resource
Hail Hail - Lake Grace, Western Australia 2005 Hail Western Australia 16/10/2005 view resource
Hail Hail - Gold Coast, Queensland 2005 Hail Queensland 12/10/2005 view resource
Hail Hail - Brisbane 2005 Hail Queensland 19/05/2005 view resource
Hail Hail - South-East Queensland 2004 Hail Queensland 24/01/2004 view resource
Hail Hail - Sydney, New South Wales 1999 Hail New South Wales 14/04/1999 view resource
Hail Hail - Brisbane and Region, Queensland 1998 Hail Queensland 16/12/1998 view resource
Hail Hail - Singleton, New South Wales 1996 Hail New South Wales 11/12/1996 view resource

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