Hailstorm Hits Cebu and Bohol, Philippines
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) station in Mactan has revealed that when the hailstorm and strong winds hit Barangay Lamac, Pinamungajan town in western Cebu last Friday, an exclamation point appeared on their radar over Toledo City, some parts of Bohol and Pinamungajan.
The symbol serves as a warning that a thunderstorm might strike accompanied by possible tornado, hailstorm and heavy rains.
Alice Canasa, Pag-asa Cebu weather specialist also said the town of Pinamungjan stood out with warnings of severe weather.
According to Al Quiblat, Pag-asa weather forecaster, hailstorms hardly happen in tropical countries like the Philippines.
Countries that have temperate regions, such as America and Australia, are among the areas that may experience hailstorms.
He said the part of Barangay Lamac that experienced hailstorm last Friday, affecting nearly 100 houses, might have had rapid evaporation or sudden change of temperature that resulted in the formation of cumulonimbus clouds.
Canasa also explained that hailstorms come from cumulonimbus clouds or the combination of cumulus and nimbus clouds.
A hail or a hailstorm is a form of solid precipitation consisting of balls or irregular lumps of ice.
Hail stones are produced if the clouds are at low altitude, leaving the ice no chance to melt, she said.