For a number of centuries, people in Europe used to ring church bells and fire cannons in order to try to prevent hail. After World War II, cloud seeding was done in order to eliminate the hail threat. To this day, no hail prevention method has proven to work.
The list is based on momentum. It attempts to examine the storms which were significant for their record-setting phenomena. From storms with the heaviest and the most severe hailstones, to storms with the largest life loss, the world has seen it all. Let’s remember those who suffered the loss due to the severity of the storms.
1. Gopalganj, Bangladesh:
2. Yuwu, China:
This city recorded the largest hail stones ever in 1902. Within 15 minutes, the stones the size of baseballs fell, breaking skylights, roofs, street lights and shattering electric signs. The loss totaled more than $2 million.
3. Cheyenne, Wyoming:
4. Denver Colorado:
The state and not just the city has a hail season from April and August. The front range of Colorado is located in the middle of hail valley. This region sees the highest frequencies of large hails in North America.
5. Bucharest, Romania:
A large rainstorm was witnessed on July 25, 1872. The rain did not just bring hail, it brought with it a myriad of black worms that littered the streets. In the summer of 1997, Romania, including Bucharest suffered heavy rains again. The storm caused major damages, including 24 death, 464 damaged houses, 295,085 ha of affected agricultural land.