Hail The Major Factor in Producing Lightning

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Hail is a form of solid precipitation which consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, that are individually called hail stones. Hail stones on Earth consist mostly of water ice and measure between five millimeters (0.20 in) and 150 millimeters (5.9 in) in diameter, with the larger stones coming from severe thunderstorms.

Hail in the Holy Quran

I am a wide reader. I love to read anything from newspapers, tabloids, comics, books, other religious books that include Holy Bible and Holy Quran and many more. Yesterday my attention was focused on a verse of the Holy Qur'an 24:43 translated in English that says "And He sends down hail from mountains (clouds) in the sky, and He strikes with it whomever He will, and turns it from whomever He wills. The vivid flash of its lightning nearly blinds the sight."

Ideas on meteorology

In 1600 AD, Aristotle's ideas on meteorology explained that thunder is the sound of collision of the dry emanation with the neighboring clouds and lightning is the inflaming and burning of the dry exhalation with a thin and faint fire.

In Meteorology Today - authored by Donald Ahrens - explains that a cloud becomes electrified as hail falls through a region in the cloud of supercooled droplets and ice crystals. As liquid droplets collide with hailstone, they freeze on contact and release latent heat.

Electrons flow from the cooler object

This keeps the surface of the hailstone warmer than that of the surrounding ice crystals. When the hailstone comes in contact with an ice crystals, an important phenomenon occurs - electrons flow from the cooler object toward the warmer object.

And because the hailstone becomes negatively charged, the same effect occurs when supercooled droplets come in contact with hailstone and tiny splinters of positively charged ice break off. These lighter positively charged particles are then carried to the upper part of the cloud by updrafts.

Factor in producing lightning

The hail, left with a negative charge, falls towards the bottom of the cloud, thus the lower part of the cloud becomes negatively charged. These negative charges are then discharged as lightning. And it is concluded that it is the hail the major factor in producing lightning.

The study or science of lightning is called fulminology, and the person who studies lightning is referred to as a fulminologist.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Feb 2012 (#)

We often get hail here in Alberta, Canada, it is very damaging to the garden, not to mention loud on the roof.

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author avatar ppruel
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Mark according to some old sayings - the present of hail is a sign of prosperity. Others said, it is also a sign that there will be rain or storm to come...Thanks.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

We get LOADS of hail here in the north East of England-even in Summer.
Is Allah trying to tell us something d'you think???
Fabulous star page. Loved every second of reading this. And then of course, there's the lightning video and the gorgoues hail image. Wow!

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author avatar ppruel
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I am also amused. During the hot season hail pours in some parts of Saudi Arabia. Maybe He's sending His love...I don't know. Thank you always. See you again.

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author avatar Buzz
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Very interesting, Paul.

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author avatar ppruel
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz. I appreciate.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Feb 2012 (#)

When I see hail, I look up in the sky, surely a tornado is soon to follow, here in the deep south that is. A very interesting read my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ppruel
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I sense it also that Hail tells us that there is an upcoming event to happen...thanks again friend Denise.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Enjoyed reading this outstanding informative article, thank ppruel

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