"A trough extending from northwest NSW generates severe thunderstorms in a hot and humid environment ahead of a strengthening upper trough". This afternoon, slight rain, then a warning message from the BOM as the hail arrived. Dependant on the speed of the water to ice, the clear or clouded stones accumulated quickly. My tomato plants, newly established, copped the icy arsenal directly but lost only a few smaller stalks.
During the Middle Ages, some in Europe rang church bells and fired cannons in the hopes of preventing hail, padding the air to a sonorous capacity.