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Hail potential heating up

There is widespread speculation as to whether hailstorms are getting more intense or frequent as the global climate warms. Now research suggests a potential increase in both the mean hail size and frequency of larger hail events over North America.

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Allen, J. Hail potential heating up. Nature Clim Change 7, 474–475 (2017).

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