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HAIL

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On June 16, 1882 hail broke windows in the photo studio of Samuel ROOT. Gathering some of the hail, he made a daguerrotype of them and then another so that a comparison could be made with common eggs. Photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45737582684/
Baseball-sized hailstones struck Dubuque in August 1994. Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald file photo-Patti Carr
HAIL. Hail is a form of solid precipitation consisting of balls or irregular lumps of ice, that are individually called hail stones. Hail stones measure between 5 millimeters (0.20 in) and 150 millimeters (5.9 in) in diameter, with the larger stones coming from severe thunderstorms.

On August 20, 1994 an unusually powerful storm brought baseball-sized hailstones to Dubuque causing more than $10 million in damage. There were more than 15,000 insurance claims.

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Source:

Hogstrom, Erik. "You Can't Fool with Mother Nature," Telegraph Herald Commemorative Edition: Memorable Moments, March 26, 2012, p. 23c