The University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences recently conducted a hail study to understand how climate change might affect weather patterns across the state. The Denver Post reports that the research focused on storms that generated pea-size and smaller hailstones on Colorado’s Front Range. Scientists with the National Center for Atmospheric Research concentrated on climate change impacting the nature of precipitation. With levels of climate-warming greenhouse gases increasing through 2070, the team compared and matched hailstorms from 1971 to 2000, projected into 2041and 2070. They found that hail falling through a warmer atmosphere melts faster, eliminating damaging hail to crops. The last hail fatality occurred on March 28, 2000 in Lake Worth, Texas when softball sized stone killed a 19 year-old-man. Fastcast: Clearing late.