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Hail Shaft

Hail Shaft

A hailshaft is a precipitation-filled downdraft containing large amounts of hail, as indicated by the whiteness of the precip curtains relative to surroundings (without benefit of direct sunlight). Spotters reported hail at least the size of dimes covering the ground in the area where this core had been -- about a mile past the shelter belt on the horizon. [A shelter belt is a row of trees planted to break wind -- both to protect farm land against eolian soil erosion, and for cold-stress relief for people and livestock in winter. These tree rows are common over the Great Plains.]

3 NE Garden City KS (14 Jun 96) looking ENE