Is there a bracha for hail, for snow? Is the blessing for hail the same as the one for thunder? As the one for lightning?
If I understand correctly, oseh maaseh beresheet is for lighting, hurricane, tornado, (SA Mishneh Brurah 227:1, 4). For thunder, separate from lightening one says SheCocho UGevurato Maaleh Olam. We recently had very bad storms in Illinois. I had been raised that there is a prayer for hail but couldn't find it quickly enough and I was trying to comfort our Hebrew School kids. I did find Debbie Friedman's song, The Hail Blessing:
When the havens and the earth were finished,
God's creations sang on high
The heavens clapped, the mountains danced,
And tears fell from the sky.
The cold wind whistled furiously
And turned those tears to ice,
And snow and hail and crashing sounds
Started falling from the skies.
For the rumblings and crashing in the sky
For the mountains that dance with the heavens on high,
For the tears that fall and are touched
By the winds and by the cold,
We sing praises to the One of Being
Whose power and strength filss the world.
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha'olam,
Shekocho u'g'vurato malei olam (2x)
Eish u'varad, sheleg v'kitor,
Ruach s'ara, osa d'varo.
Blessed is Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
whose power and might pervade the world.
Fire and hail, rain and vapor,
stormy wind, fulfilling God's word.
I'm trying to figure out what she based it on. A fun project to do with kids on the first snowy day is to have them write their own bracha for snow and to discuss the prayer yotzer or, which praises G-d who forms light and creates darkness.