Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hailstone Showers in Bangalore

Few years back Bangalore had the best climate in the country. In summers the temperature never used to raise beyond 30 degree Celsius. It was a paradise in all seasons. But it has been changing since couple of years at a rapid phase. The Mercury has been steadily raising every year in the summer. In summer now it is hovering around 35 degree Celsius. This year it has recorded the highest temperature of 37.6 degree Celsius in the past 25 years.

But, last week has been a pleasant surprise. Parts of Bangalore witnessed sudden and heavy showers for a period of one hour.

With it arrived this
year’s first hailstones. They were fast and plenty. Entire road got covered by small hailstones. The white spots in the above image are hailstones falling down. By enlarging the image they are clearly visible.


67 comments:

Kirigalpoththa said...

Is it monsoon?
The monsoon is about to start here in SL.

Tammie Lee said...

wow, good capture of the hail and wind, be safe!

Sudaya said...

Lovely pics of the early mansoon, Namma Bengaluru cooled down and looks great

Anya said...

I think the people where happy with a shower :))
The plants needs also water !!

Bangchik said...

Hailstones are rare in our place too... I remembered a storm with hailstones decades ago. We did run about in the yard just to have the feel and excitement, and of course behind Mom's back.

~bangchik

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Zuzana said...

Wow, this is so cool! (No pun intended). Look at that interesting image of a palm tree and hail stones. That was very fascinating. The weather has gone haywire a bit all over the wold this year.;)
xo

Nisha said...

Wow ! Those pictures have pretty cool effect in this hot summer.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Wow! Reminds me of the hailstone showers that were pretty common in West Bengal when we were growing up in the 1970s-80s.

Lahari said...

very nice capture...

Tarun Mitra said...

hailstorms are bad but u capture it well Rajesh :)

joo said...

Great shots! Must be difficult to cope with such high temeperatres and strong showers!
Greetings.

overtiredmum said...

What a storm! Hope you were inside.

We've had the opposite problem to you - our temperatures have fallen, haven't had a decent summer for at least three years - looks like this one might be following suit. Forecast to be 6 C this weekend (should be at least 18 C) - just in time for 20 over excited five year olds to come to my sons party!

Stay cool xo

Sylvia K said...

What terrific, stormy captures, Rajesh! I can almost feel the wind and the rain! Marvelous! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

That's really a significant different in such a short period of time - I hope everyone is alright after the hail that fell there! Take care & be carefuL!!

Steffi said...

Wow...great shots of Hailstones and very interesting post!Have a nice weekend!

Jane said...

Oh dear, looks like its Monsoon season in Bangalore. Great captures, best to stay inside I think-thanks for sharing though:)

Mama Zen said...

Awesome pictures!

Robin said...

Pretty serious hailstones - I hope they didn't do too much damage.

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EG Wow said...

You captured the drama in this shot, that's for sure!

ewok1993 said...

wow, that looks like some serious rain and hail coming down.

thanks for sharing.

A Garden of Threads said...

Very angry looking sky.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

looks like your weather over there is same with me were having rainy days since monday almost 5days now....good to see you can capture how that hailstones falling down.

Carver said...

Great shots. Sometimes hail is so beautiful but the big hail stones can cause a lot of damage. I hope this wasn't a problem in terms of damaging hail.

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Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It must be very frightening at those times with the wind blowing those trees around. Thanks for sharing. Valerie

Jossie said...

Beautiful shots and so different from you other postings. It must have been very special to see streets covered in ice in India.

Al said...

Nice, stormy shots. I love thunderstorms, and we get a lot of them where I live, sometimes with hail that can be larger than golf balls.

V Rakesh said...

Yes, Bangalore has always enjoyed a very conducive weather which is neither too warm nor too cold...... but of late, I hear that it has changed drastically, particularly this year! I've had so many of my friends tell me about it!

But this one is wonderful! Very well captured! Am sure it brought a lot of cheer amid the sweltering heat!

Greener Bangalore said...

Hey thats nice you captured it Rajesh! yes from last week its pleasant climate!

Joyful said...

I love how your photos capture the driving rains. Wonderful. I hope you didn't get too wet :-)

LadyFi said...

What dramatic shots.. those hailstones are the size of ping pong balls!

Pat said...

Great shots of the hailstones. We had an unusually heavy hailstorm here at our house in northern California Wednesday night (April 28th). Weird.

J Bar said...

Interesting shots.
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magiceye said...

wonderfully captured!!!

Kcalpesh said...

Hmm! Here in Mumbai in the MIDDLE of the SUMMER, it rained early in the morning today! The weather was little cooler than the usual SUMMER day!

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Ann said...

I hope they don't dent cars. I was 16 when we had a hailstorm in Borneo. We were so excited.

diane said...

Looks like climate change is happening there. God hailstorm shots. Hope your car didn't get damaged

Pearl Maple said...

Those are big hailstorms, and great photos of the storm, hope the weather passes soon,

eileeninmd said...

Neat capture of the hailstones. This seems to be a year fo weird weather everywhere.

Spiderdama said...

Think they need a shower in that warm:-)
Great pictures!

Carol said...

Great shots of that stormy weather.

Pam said...

That is an amazing shot of the hail stones, Rajesh. It must have been a terrible storm.

Jacob said...

One of the things scientists tell us about global warming/climate change is not only is it happening at an alarming rate but is already causing disruptions in weather patterns around the world. It would appear that you may be experiencing this very thing.

Our winter in Ocala was much colder than usual and we are having weird weather now, cool, then very hot. We're expecting a much warmer summer and more hurricanes!

Not only so, but seas are rising. At high tide, areas of downtown Miami are under several inches of water!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Quite an interesting photo of the storm.

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow that is a hard wind and hail. I think our weather is unpredictable but sometimes it turns out good too. Happy weekend!

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Haddock said...

I think the phenomenon is happening all over India.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Yikes! that's some serious weather!

Sumandebray said...

Nice pictures.
You are lucky to have hailstorm .. that must have cooled the surroundings

eden said...

Great shots of the hailstorm.
Have a great weekend.

roughterrain crane said...

Too heavy rain. I hope you have not received any damage.

radha said...

This used to be such a common phenomenon in Hyderabad of yesteryears. Now it is pretty rare. These serve to bring down the temperatures drastically. Love the sight, especially if you are safely indoors.

JM said...

Hailstones have been falling for 15 minutes at a region in northern Portugal last week. It caused a lot of damage and never happened like this before! Wheather is crazy everywhere!
The second shot is amazing, great capture indeed.

SandyCarlson said...

Some strong personality in that weather!

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Jeevan said...

Because of this increase in temperature we halt our trip to Bangalore now. I hear a lot that Bangalore has changed a lot in its nature these days.

Glad to know the hailstone shower in Bangalore. I wish the climate continues to be cool always in Bangalore.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

we get those occasionally here in canada too. i have not seen it captured on photo like that before tho. very cool
~laura

Linnea W said...

It seems like lots of places are experiencing crazy weather, too. These shots really capture this unusual weather event well!

Backyard Bargain said...

The pics are really awesome... wow... cool atmosphere there...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh somehow I missed this post earlier -- how beautiful and eerie the sky is during this storm.

Thanks for sharing the pictures (which must have been a little difficult to take) -- it looks very windblown!

luna miranda said...

Thank God, we don't get hailstorms here. we're also in the middle of summer and there are parts of the country with over 38 degrees C. we got some rains, too, last week, but no storms.

Hootin' Anni said...

My goodness...it looks more like a typhoon. Wow.

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Have a super day my friend.

siromade08 said...

Oh I first saw hailstones here in Australia couple of years ago, I went to our kitchen door and look at the backyard, it's fun looking coz i havent seen it before, but it can cause any damage especially to the car if it's outside...hmmm interesting weather distrubance. Thanks for sharing...very well capturing those.

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Nalini Hebbar said...

Hails storms were quite common in B'lore in the late 60's...I remember hail stones so big that they made holes in the Mangalore Tile shed beside our house!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all. Seeing the hailstones after a very long time was a nice experience. It rains in the evening occasionally. The temperature has not come down much.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of my childhood when we used to have such rains and hailstones... amazing pictures Rajesh.!!!