Hail in Algonquin Park

By Cousin Luke (Age 5)

Cousin Luke having breakfast on the day that it hailed.

On my last trip to Algonquin Park it hailed.  

Hail happens when water droplets turn into ice.  A strong wind called an updraft can push the water up to where it’s really cold and then they freeze.  Then they fall down from the sky as little ice pellets.  

If there is a strong updraft the hail can get bounced up and down in the sky, and it gets coated with more ice.  Sometimes they can get as big as a snowball.  

When it hailed on our trip the pellets came in little sizes, about the size of a little “Nerds” candy.  They melted right when they landed on the ground.

I’m glad it wasn’t a big storm, because it would really hurt if I got hit in the head with a big hail ball.

A note from Luke’s mom:

Here's a video explaining how hail is formed.


And here’s a link to a video about how hail forms and the largest hail stone in the US (excuse the overly dramatic music).