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It’s Raining Ice In Malaysia! But Why And How?

When Katy Perry wrote ‘Hot N Cold’ in 2008, she wasn’t exactly referring to climate change but looking at the lyrics now, I can’t think of a better song to sum up the Malaysian weather in 2021.

Just three days ago (March 1), we were talking about a potential heatwave hitting the country and then two days later (March 3), a hailstorm was spotted in parts of KL and Perak.

The news first broke on social media around yesterday evening when netizens rushed to report the hailstorm sighting to warn others about being careful when going out.

Fenomena hujan batu di Cheras, KL petang ini. Kredit : Pemilik Video pic.twitter.com/Y8gA9WybqP — Mohd Redzuan Abdul Manap (@redzuanNewsMPB) March 3, 2021
Hujan batu di Selama, Perak hari ini. Ipoh juga dah gelap dan ada kawasan yang dah pun hujan 🤲🏼 Perkongsian: Taiping Zone pic.twitter.com/l9aS6GoDXN — VIRAL PERAK (@viralperak) March 3, 2021

Among those who managed to catch the sight on tape, there were also some netizens who were really excited about seeing hailstones. But can you blame them? It’s not everyday you get to see ice falling from the sky!

But this is actually not the first time a hailstorm was sighted in tropical Malaysia. In fact, hail is considered a common summertime phenomenon because it occurs where surface temperatures are warm enough to promote the instability associated with strong thunderstorms, but the upper atmosphere is still cool enough to support ice.

Basically, hail forms when strong currents of rising air (updrafts) carry droplets of water high enough that they freeze. The stronger the updraft, the larger the hail. Eventually, when the hailstones grow large and heavy enough, they’ll start to fall and voila, ice ice baby!

In case you’re still confused, here’s a photo from Twitter that probably explains the occurrence well enough.

Nah kalau nak tahu mcm mana terjadinya hujan batu walaupun negara kita panas terik. pic.twitter.com/xBvb7Ny3lv — كىمى (@AffiqKimiLer) March 3, 2021

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