17 November 2015
Rain drops and hail stones need something to form around, and we refer to this as condensation nuclei. The image below shows something else though. A tornado in the Texas panhandle last night picked up stalks of corn, and lifted them high into the atmosphere, where water froze on it, turning it into a hail stone. The picture was taken by Johnny Goodson of Pampa,Texas.
That was one powerful updraft, and this tornado outbreak was very far NW for so late in the year. The expert on that subject is Dr. Harold Brooks at NSSL and you can read more on it here.