- Asante Akyem Agogo residents experienced a hail fall (ice rain) on Sunday, March 7, 2021
- A video shows what is believed to be ice pellets falling on a compound like droplets of rain
- The video has stirred many reactions from social media users
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The people of Asante Akyem Agogo in the Ashanti Region reportedly had a rare experience on Sunday, March 7, 2021, during a heavy downpour.
Parts of the town is reported to have had hail (ice pellets) falling on the Sunday afternoon instead of the regular rainfall.
A video of the phenomenon has popped up and it is fast gaining attention on social media.
The video sighted by YEN.com.gh shows heavy rain falling accompanied by the noise that comes with rainfalls.
Amidst the rain, one can little objects which looked like ice pellets falling rapidly on the ground. Some people were heard shouting in the background but their voices were almost drowned by the noise from the downpour.
What is hail fall?
For those who may not know, hail fall is what is known in the Ghanaian parlance 'ice rain'. It is known in Twi as 'asukɔkyea'.
The National Severe Weather Laboratory (NSSL) of the US, defines hail as a form of precipitation consisting of solid ice that forms inside thunderstorm updrafts.
According to the NSSL, hailstones are formed when raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze and later falls as the ice pellets we see if the thunderstorm's updraft can no longer support the weight of the hailstone.
It is believed to be dangerous to humans, livestock, and can even damage houses, aircraft and cars.
See the Agogo video below:
Following the emergence of the video from Agogo on social media, many Ghanaians have been debating over it. While some believe it happened, others think it did not.
One of the doubters was __mzzyjozzy__ who had a funny explanation to the video:
"Ah u paa....someone dried the corn and the wind coming with the rain just blew everything on the floor aaa osi ice what...and the ice was what ??..failing on only one side ...ah u paaa."
But saladbar_gh who seemed to know the area said it was a regular occurrence:
"It’s very common in Agogo, the year 1999 it rained so much that fish fell down in Agogo."
charlotte_esibee saw it as a blessing:
"Pure blessings ... Cos the weather these days on another level of heat ..."
In other news, GHOne TV journalist Alice Aryeetey and her husband have welcomed their first child.
The child was born not long before the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
The journalist shared photos of the newborn baby on their wedding anniversary.
Earlier, a video from the wedding of police popped up and was fast gaining attention on social media.
The video had the police lady and her bridesmaids engaged in a 'jama' session ahead of the main event.
Many people who saw the video fell in love with the bride and her team.
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