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Hail

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WILL any of your readers kindly oblige me with particulars of the formation of a hailstone, and the effect produced upon it by falling through the air. How does it become frozen? increase in size? and what are the conditions for its increase? up to what point in its passage does it increase? what effect has temperature upon it in its downward career? after a certain point in its fall should it not theoretically decrease in size? does it do so actually? how is it that larger stones generally fall in tropical or hot climates during thunderstorms than we witness during our English winters? Does a raindrop increase in size as it nears the earth? If so, please give reasons.

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