March 09, 2014

Weather watch: Hail and 'snow' in Andhra Pradesh!

On Wednesday morning, a sudden and unexpected snowfall was witnessed at in villages of Ranga Reddy district. A thick fog enveloped the whole area in the morning and visibility was almost negligible.

It is 9 March today, and it is cold. It has been raining since more than a week. We went to Pune on 27 February, and at that time, temperatures in Hyderabad were increasing (but not the typical Feb heat), and we had been gearing up for the summer days ahead. Then, on 2 March, we heard that it had rained heavily in Hyderabad, and assumed it was the usual mango showers. Then a few days later, people around Hyderabad started posting images of hail, and then I read about 'snow' in Chevella! I am sure there is some connection between this and the amazing cloudscapes we saw on the way back from Pune.

Here is the link to the unbelievable story, as reported in Deccan Chronicle.  

Chevella in Andhra Pradesh hails the 'snow'

A few paras from this article:

Several villages in three mandals of Rangareddy in Andhra Pradesh were completely transformed on Wednesday as ice covered the entire area after a violent bout of hailstorm. It was an once-in-a-lifetime experience for people living in seven villages in Chevella, Moinabad and Shankarpally as hailstones, some as large as boulders, started falling from the sky on Tuesday night.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that about nine people had died and many had been injured in the hailstorm. There were also heavy losses to livestock as huge pieces of ice came crashing through flimsy roofs.
On Wednesday morning, the entire area resembled a valley in Kashmir in midwinter. Roads and fields were completely covered with small pieces of hail while extremely large ones, never witnessed before, were seen scattered all over.

Scientists said that the hailstorm that struck Chevella in Rangareddy was an extremely rare atmospheric event, one which had never been recorded in the area.

According to scientists, the hailstorm was caused by a severe thunderstorm where the clouds had risen above the height of 10 to 12 km. They said that global warming could also be a contributing factor to this extremely rare phenomenon.

And these incredible pictures. Check out the article for details and more photos. 

Snowfall was witnessed at Shabad Mandal, Shadnagar near Chevella in Ranga Reddy district.

Locals said that along with the hailstorm, there was violent thunder and lightning for 15 minutes.

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