When nature decides to shoot it all to smithereens it uses giant ice bullets. Extreme hail is probably the most dangerous and life-threating weather event for those unlucky enough to be in the open. It leaves fist-sized dents in the sheet metal, destroys windshields and comes down with a force that some compare with hand grenades, or an artillery attack.

A murderous hailstorm in the Middle East, which decimated livestock and seemed to particularly dislike SUVs:

(photos credit: bankny)

Guo Huang sent us photographs, documenting the process and aftermath of one such crazy "drum-solo" from hell:

(photo credit: noaa.gov)

(image credit: wigley.us)

Larger hailstones (bigger than 4 inches) usually have rings, which are visible if you split them in the middle:

The growing ice-crystals are fusing together, which results in irregular shape for the giant hail:

Airplanes are significantly damaged by hailstorms sometimes, as well. Here is an EasyJet Boeing 737-300:


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