2: hail

Hail refers to precipitation in the form of balls of ice. Hail forms when rain freezes in the air above Earth. Instead of falling, the small pieces of frozen rain are blown up into the air by strong winds. As they travel upward, ice is added to them. The pieces of hail keep getting bigger and bigger. When they get too heavy to stay in the air, they fall to Earth.

person holding large hail stones