Heat and hail.

Yesterday’s brief hailstorm in Arouca was not a sign that the end was nigh, though.

It was a completely normal, but rare phenomenon.

Social media pages were littered with videos and photos of the pea-sized ice solids that began falling from the sky shortly after 1 p.m., concentrated between Arouca and Tacarigua.

The Express contacted the Meteorological Office in Piarco, who confirmed the reports and explained why it happened.

Senior Meteorologist Carol Subrath-Ali said the right conditions were present which began with the afternoon’s very well-developed thunderstorm that had been concentrated mostly over East Trinidad.

She said yesterday’s temperatures with a high of almost 34 degrees amid humid conditions led to the formation of what a “well-developed thunderstorm.”

She said within the storm, there were strong rising motions inside the cloud known as up-draughts and strong descending motions known as down-draughts, “so these up-draughts took raindrops into the cold areas of the cloud and they formed ice pieces”.

With the ice pellets in the upper sections of the cloud becoming too heavy they fell and under normal circumstances would have melted before striking earth. However, according to Subrath-Ali, when the ice particles got caught in the down-draught there was no time for the particles to melt and they descended quickly, striking the ground as hail.

She said that this has happened before in tropical regions but was rare and “very common in temperate regions”.

Yesterday’s high temperatures are expected to continue today with a scorching 34 degrees Celsius expected.

In a statement posted to social media, the Met Office predicted, “Generally sunny conditions will be interrupted by partly cloudy/cloudy periods with showers in some areas by late morning/ afternoon.

“Showers will likely be heavy at times and there is the 60 per cent (medium) chance of isolated thunderstorms in a few areas while Tuesday night is expected to be partly cloudy with showers in a few areas.”


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That is the length of time residents of San Francique, Penal, are giving the Government to respond to their cries for better roads, pipe-borne water and for dealing with flooding.

Or the State will face major protest action.

The residents staged a placard protest at Pluck Road yesterday, calling on Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan to commence work on a landslide they say is threatening their homes and livelihoods.

Even though he was one of the hostages held and beaten during the attempted coup staged by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in July 1990, former minister Selby Wilson says he takes no pleasure in Jamaat leader Yasin Abu Bakr’s death.

A PRISON officer with 12 years’ service was arrested by police on Friday night after he was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle contraband items into the Maximum Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca.

The items were found concealed in the officer’s bullet-proof vest after it was examined by his colleagues and officers of the Arouca Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is once again urging people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so urgently, as they may not be able to receive the care they need should they contract the virus and need to be cared for in the Intensive Care Unit or High Dependency Unit.

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