Good Question - What Forms A Bundt-Shaped Hail Stone?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

During Wednesday night's hail storm a viewer sent a picture of a Bundt cake hail stone. Other viewers want to know more about what forms a hail stone shaped bundt cake? Good question.

We received several pictures of hail from Wednesday night's storm. Some were shaped like golf balls, baseballs, and all kinds of shapes and sizes, but only one came shaped like a Bundt cake.

So what caused the Bundt cake stone to form? Usually updrafts within thunderstorms push rain high into the sky, where it freezes, falls, and then gets caught in the updraft again.

The stronger the updraft, the more potential for larger hail because the process can repeat itself several times. This produces the typical spherical or conical shaped hail., but because hail can form in other ways not simply in an updraft, several irregular shapes may be created like last night's Bundt cake hail.

If you have a good question, send it to Jeff Herndon at He'll do his best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.

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