Monday 21 September, 2020

Hail falls again in Martinique

Screenshot of hail in someone's hand in Martinique from a video on YouTube from Monday's storm.

Screenshot of hail in someone's hand in Martinique from a video on YouTube from Monday's storm.

Martinique is two for two - twice in two years, they have seen hail.

Another hailstorm has hit the French island located in the Lesser Antilles. The Caribbean neighbour on Monday, April 16, 2018, reported hail - balls of ice, falling from the sky.

According to media outlet, France-Antilles, hailstones fell on Martinique this Monday afternoon, mainly in two areas - François and Lamentin. "The Franciscans have received a shower of hailstones on their heads this afternoon, as evidenced by the many photos and videos shared on social networks. In Lamentin too, some inhabitants would have noticed the same thing."

Noting that in March 2016 Martinique recorded a hailstorm as well, the phenom, though rare, is not unheard of and neither is it a first for the inhabitants. Yet, from the videos on YouTube and the exclamations, it still caught many by surprise.

The France-Antilles site went on to say, "According to Météo-France, which confirms an "exceptional" phenomenon, it would be linked to the very dense vertical movement of water drops that go up and down. These, combined with a cold air from the American continent, would not have had time to cool and thus arrive on the ground in the form of hail. 
"The radar echo of the weather station has observed heavy rains that may correspond to this phenomenon of hailstones."

Nobbie 16 uploaded a compilation video on April 16, and it so far has garnered over 3,000 views. Under the video, it is stated:

"Hailstones rained down on Martinique today April 16, 2018, as a weather system rolled across the island and parts of the Eastern Caribbean. It was a rare occurrence as hail pelted cars, buildings, and people. Alerts went up around the French territory and a Code Orange was declared. Flooding was also reported, with roads washed away and helicopter rescues reported. " 

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