August 19, 2016

Meteorologist cautions against atmospheric instability threats nationwide

A girl collects hailstones in Sagaing.
A girl collects hailstones in Sagaing.

ATMOSPHERIC instability can trigger rain clouds in the late afternoon in most parts of the country from 21 to 24 April, according to a weather expert.
U Tun Lwin, former director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, said that the formation of rain clouds will be accompanied by thunder, lightning, heavy rain and strong wind in many regions and states.
Strong rain clouds will come with lightning strikes, hailstones and tornados, with the meteorologist warning of possible deaths and damage to property.
Heavy rain and strong wind struck Pyin Oo Lwin in Mandalay Region on 21 April, bringing down big trees on houses. Local police estimated the cost of damage at K1.3 million (US$1,100).
In Monywa the same day, a girl in her early twenties was struck by lightning and subsequently while she was talking on the phone, witnesses said, adding that a branch from a tree fell on a couple, killing the wife and injuring the husband.
Yesterday massive hailstones fell in Mandalay and Sagaing regions, reaching a record high unmatched in 50 years.
U Tun Lwin expected adverse meteorological conditions to continue until the end of May, cautioning that the thundery development would be associated with squall, gale, downburst and tornado.


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