Hail storm reported on Emae Island today in the central part of Vanuatu.
Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It is distinct from American sleet (called ice pellets outside of the United States), though the two are often confused. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Sleet (ice pellets) falls generally in cold weather while hail growth is greatly inhibited during cold surface temperatures.
Hail did occur before in an account here on Tanna in December 2002.
Vanuatu’s Emergency and Disaster office says that nearly 3-thousand people on southern Tanna will need food and shelter because of a devastating hailstorm which destroyed over 50 percent of their food gardens, Sunday night.
Quoted disaster office in 2002, “It’s totally unexpected, it’s our rainy season and not that I know that there is hailstorm being observed over the southern islands or any part of the Vanuatu group. It is not normal and it’s unusual for a hailstorm to fall over any of the islands of Vanuatu but you never know and also the climate is changing so there is a possibility that hailstorms be observed in Vanuatu.”
Photos by Loicy Karl and Darso Gallo