Unusual Hailstorms Sweep Through China in May

Zhou Tong, Ed.

PureInsight | May 30, 2005

[PureInsight.org] A rare hailstorm attacked Fushan Township, Nanchang County, Jiangxi Province at 4 PM on May 16, 2005, damaging over 2,000 houses, injuring over 100 villagers and killing approximately 30,000 ducks.

Three villages in Fushan Township, including Fushan, Qinghu and Tanshang, were hit hard by hailstorms for approximately twenty minutes, followed by thunderstorms for another 30 minutes. The hailstorms knocked the roof bricks off 2,000 houses and thereby injured 100 villagers. In addition, the hailstones killed 30,000 ducks. The three villages looked as if it had been hit by earthquakes.

Lately, unusual weather has taken China by storm.

In the afternoon of May 13, 2005, the largest snowstorm of the century hit Mang'ai region, Xizhou, Qinghai Province, killing 15 members of an expedition team.

On May 5, 2005, the highest temperature of the day was 16°F, 18° lower than the previous day. Some areas in Emntougou, Beijing, even got snow. The green hills of Mount Ling in the suburbs of Beijing were covered with snow overnight.

On May 4, 2005, Shanxi Province was hit by the most severe thunderstorm of the year. To be precise, it was hit by 6,471 lightning bolts in one day. The lightning killed three people and injured seven in Xianyang region's Bing County and Sanyuan, as well as Yanliang region's Guanshan Tonw.

On May 5, 2005, the lightning hit and killed five people in Ningxiang and Changsha of Hunan Province.

In the afternoon of May 5, 2005, a rare tornado blasted Fuzhou and Quanzhou in Fujian Province. The blast once reached the force of 10 on Beaufort wind scale. In less than an hour, the temperature dropped to 51°F.

In the afternoon of May 4, 2005, the most severe hailstorm of the century hit four towns and township in Dongxiang County, Jiangxi Province, including Dengjia, Xiaohuang, Bogan and Hongxing. The hailstorm damaged over 1,000 houses and ruined 5,000 mu of flower paddies and nearly 10,000 mu of vegetable and rice paddies. [Note: a mu is equal to 733.5 square yards.]

Between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm of May 4, 2005, a hailstorm and a thunderstorm hit Yongshan County, Zhejiang Province.

Between the evening of May 5 and the next morning, a blasting wind of force eight and above hit 83 cities, counties and regions in Guangdong Province. Hailstorms swept the province's Guangning, Conghua and Lianzhou. A hailstone as big as 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) was seen in Guangning.

On May 3 and 4, 2005, strong gusts of wind and a rare hailstorm ripped and swept through Huilong, Deqing County, Guangdong Province, killing 10,000 poultry.

At 5:00 pm, April 25, 2005, a hailstone as big as 3 kilograms was seen in Nanjing City, where the entire city was hit by a hailstorms.

Translated from: >http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/5/20/32428.html

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