Photographer's Note

Hailstones started falling just as I reached my doorstep after yesterday's outing. A few minutes later the ground was solidly white with them; a few minutes after that, they had all melted. Meanwhile the north of England was being blanketted with snow.
"HAILSTONES are the result of freezing conditions and strong updrafts in cumulonimbus clouds. Updrafts carry water droplets above the freezing line in clouds, allowing the water to freeze around a nucleus. As the solid ice passes repeatedly up through the freezing zone in the cloud it gets an additional coating of ice. Eventually the hailstone grows in size until the updrafts can no longer keep it aloft."

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