Surprise hail shower follows hurricane winds and heatwave

No, you weren't seeing things, it did seem to be snowing in August

No, you weren't seeing things, it did seem to be snowing in August

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AFTER a prolonged heatwave and the remnants of a hurricane, Dorset experienced what looked like snowfall this morning.

A snow expert has insisted the downfall, spotted in Bournemouth at around 9.40am was in fact melting hail.

Dr Richard Wild, of Bournemouth-based Weathernet , said: “It's hail that started to melt, a bit like sleet.

“A natural, normal snowflake wouldn't have formed at this time based on temperatures etc.

“It's a very common mistake especially when hail is very hard.”

Dr Wilde - who completed a PhD on heavy snowfall and blizzards in Britain from 1861-1999 - said he had seen the same phenomenon on Sunday when large hail was melting on windscreens.

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10:53am Mon 11 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

What surprise? Hail falling through sub zero upper levels of the atmosphere can and does fall here in the UK at any time of the year.

Even snow - which this was not - has certainly fallen in Bournemouth in May and September within the past forty years.
What surprise? Hail falling through sub zero upper levels of the atmosphere can and does fall here in the UK at any time of the year. Even snow - which this was not - has certainly fallen in Bournemouth in May and September within the past forty years. muscliffman
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