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Destructive Calgary Hail Storm

A destructive hailstorm hit Calgary, Alberta on the evening of Saturday, June 13, 2020. The storm produced hail larger than tennis balls in the northeastern part of the city, causing widespread damage. Vehicles had their windows broken, vinyl siding was shredded, and roofs were severely damaged. While this was a

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Hail series (Part 2): Storm patterns

In Part 2 of our hail series, we focus on storm patterns. If you missed Part 1, click here to read it. Viewed from the air, we can see that hail falls along paths known as hail swaths. These can be quite small – a hectare or so (a few

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Hail series (Part 1): What is hail and where does it come from?

This post is part of a special three-part series about hail. Part 1 starts the series by discussing what hail is and where it comes from. Hail is frozen precipitation, born of the updrafts of thunderstorms. Updrafts are rising air currents, which combined with cold temperatures and water droplets, are

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