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Hailstorm not linked to climate change: FijiMet

The hailstorm experienced in parts of Fiji yesterday is not linked to climate change, an official from the Fiji Meteorological Services confirmed. Photos posted on social media showing hail scattered
17 Aug 2017 09:42
Hailstorm not linked to climate change: FijiMet
Hail pellets collected in a basin by Meresiana Bula in Rakiraki. PHOTO: Meresiana Bula

The hailstorm experienced in parts of Fiji yesterday is not linked to climate change, an official from the Fiji Meteorological Services confirmed.

Photos posted on social media showing hail scattered on grass, and collected in basins went viral.

The hailstorm was experienced in parts of Rakiraki and Nairai.

Hail in Rakiraki. PHOTO: Meresiana Bula

Hail in Rakiraki. PHOTO: Meresiana Bula

Pushp Chandra Naidu, a 68-year-old sugarcane farmer from Naqoro, Ra said: “I was inside my house at around 4pm when I heard something on my roof.

“Hearing that sound, I rushed outside with my children to see ice particles falling from the sky on our roof and compound.”

The hailstorm lasted for about five minutes he said.

He added: “The hailstorm lasted for about 5-7 minutes and it stopped.”

Arvin Kumar the Rakiraki Station Officer said that Rakiraki town also experienced the hailstorm.

The Fiji Meteorological Services official said it was common for such weather conditions to occur.

Last year, it was experienced in parts of Ono-i-Lau and Kadavu.

The hailstorm was due to hail coming from the thunder storm because of the trough that was over Fiji.

According to Fiji Meteorological Services hail storm was unusual in the tropics.

In Natauloa, Nairai in Lomaiviti at around 7pm last night village elder Ratu Josua Tubunavere said: “The hail took over for about five minutes. The rain stopped when the hail fell.

“It was a big surprise for the whole village because all the grass in the village green had turned white from the hail.

He said the chunks of ice, about three centi-metres wide was picked up by the children in bucketfuls.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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