Hail falls mainly in the summer. It forms in thunderstorm clouds, which can extend high into the atmoshpere where extremely cold temperatures prevail. When a cloud releases rain, the rain can be forced upward, where it freezes into tiny ice pellets. If updrafts keep buffeting the pellets, layer upon layer of frozen water will be added to the pellets until, finally, hailstones are released.

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Named after the Ute tribe. The word ute means "people of the mountains."

Morning star

A planet that is above the eastern horizon at sunrise and less than 180° west of the Sun in right ascension.


18 inches; derived from distance between elbow and tip of middle finger.

Cumulonimbus cloud

Large, dark, vertical cloud with bulging top that brings showers, thunder, and lightning.


The erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random -- like the Man in the Moon or animals in cloud formations or religious images in tortillas.

Cirrocumulus cloud

Thin cloud that appears as small "cotton patches."


Make a mess of, destroy or ruin.

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