Definition of hailstorm in English:

hailstorm

noun

  • A storm of heavy hail.

    • ‘Freak hailstorms will victimize the prairies while oppressive heat waves cook southern Ontario.’
    • ‘To modern meteorologists, a hailstorm occurs when an upward air current brings droplets of water into high, cold atmospheric layers where the droplets freeze.’
    • ‘It means 500 percent more floods, mudslides, hailstorms, drought, ice storms and wildfires.’
    • ‘With hailstorms, thunder and snow forecast it was not the weather for sitting outside, so being indoors all day I couldn't stop her opening cupboards and drawers to have a nose.’
    • ‘Because the postal authorities clung to the view that the mail had to get through no matter what, mail coaches made heroic efforts to stick to schedule in hailstorms, gales, flash floods, and sleet.’
    • ‘So maybe, in time, destructive hailstorms could be a thing of the past.’
    • ‘When thunderstorms aren't uprooting forests or rearranging acres of farmland, the South often suffers hailstorms, flashfloods and torrentially ghoulish winds during this season.’
    • ‘The rest of the evening was spent sheltering from a hailstorm, then the thunder kept up till the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘Other parts of the world that have damaging hailstorms include China, Russia, India and northern Italy.’
    • ‘This year the crop had been affected first by a spell of drought between February and April and subsequently by hailstorms in some pockets.’
    • ‘A mild hailstorm may simply tear some leaves, but a severe hailstorm will rip off all the leaves, and cut shoots back to their thick stubs.’
    • ‘They've had misfortune recently with the weather, after hailstorms destroyed their vegetables.’
    • ‘I had a dramatic visit there a few weeks ago when unseasonably hot sun was followed by a heavy hailstorm that turned the lawn white within seconds.’
    • ‘The unusually heavy rains and hailstorm on Sunday also took its toll of trees in several neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘Poor weather, including hailstorms, will reduce the 2002 vintage by about 20%, crimping production of some superpremium wines and forcing prices higher.’
    • ‘The state is also exposed to 100 to 350 tornadoes each month, an annual hurricane season and hailstorms.’
    • ‘This is at least the plan, although two minutes after I got here the hailstorm and driving rain started (I put a much-bigger-than-a-golfball size hailstone in the freezer).’
    • ‘The summer of 2004 saw what seemed like an abnormal number of sudden hailstorms and downpours in the Denver area while concrete was being placed.’
    • ‘The weather bureau said hailstorms are a possibility in the coming days, adding Taipei residents should be on alert for flooding and lightning.’
    • ‘Nearly 200 trees may have fallen or have been damaged during the squalls, heavy rain and hailstorm that lashed the city for a week now, according to various associations.’
    frozen rain, hailstones, sleet, precipitation
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Pronunciation

hailstorm

/ˈheɪlstɔːm/