Philippines : Ice Pellets Hit Makati in September
People report ice pellets raining down on parts of the city late Wednesday afternoon, spurring a flurry of online activity on the rare weather event
Ice raining down on the streets of Makati? On Wednesday, September 17, it did.
People reported ice pellets raining down on parts of the city late Wednesday afternoon, spurring a flurry of online activity on the rare weather event.
A Rappler editor reported seeing falling ice pellets while in a cab along Ayala Avenue. People who witnessed the phenomenon also posted photos of the weather incident on Twitter and Instagram.
State weather bureau PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang told Rappler on Wednesday the ice pellets were due to cumulonimbus clouds, a type of thunderstorm cloud that affected Makati and other areas.
"It's only normal when there are thunderstorm clouds. It is possible that from the clouds, the ice pellets are originally big in size, but they get smaller as they get nearer to the ground," he said in a mix of English and Filipino.
PAGASA, at around 4:45 pm Wednesday, reported possible thunderstorms affecting parts of Metro Manila, particularly Manila, Pasay, Taguig, Parañaque, Baclaran, and Las Piñas, but also said other areas should expect heavy rain within two hours.
Galang said the occurrence is not a hailstorm.
A hailstorm occurs when precipitation comes in the form of chunks of ice, called hailstones. They are formed in cloud layers with very low temperatures, usually associated with thunderstorms.
Strong wind updrafts in thunderstorm clouds force rain to go up, and these raindrops freeze and turn into lumps of ice, according to the Texas A&M University Atmospheric Sciences site. Rappler