When nature decides to shoot it all to smithereens it uses giant ice bullets. Extreme hail is probably the most dangerous and life-threating weather event for those unlucky enough to be in the open. It leaves fist-sized dents in the sheet metal, destroys windshields and comes down with a force that some compare with hand grenades, or an artillery attack.
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Guo Huang sent us photographs, documenting the process and aftermath of one such crazy "drum-solo" from hell:
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Larger hailstones (bigger than 4 inches) usually have rings, which are visible if you split them in the middle:
The growing ice-crystals are fusing together, which results in irregular shape for the giant hail: