Met Dept Declares "Snow" That Fell At Midlands As Rare (with Pictures)

Met Dept Declares
Published: 2016 June 01 04:24:10 (2711 Views)
THE Meteorological Services Department has described the “snow” that fell in Lower Gweru last Friday as a rare sleet that occurred in the country for the first time in history.



In an interview following a visit to Matshabeleni and Sikombingo Villages in Lower Gweru yesterday, the head of public weather services in the Meteorological Services Department, Tich Zinyemba, said sleet was precipitation in the form of ice pellets created by the freezing of rain as it falls.

He said chances for the country to have snow were next to zero since Zimbabwe was in the hot tropical region.

“We know in Zimbabwe that snow doesn’t happen because we are in the tropical region where temperatures are hot and therefore chances of getting snow are really next to zero. However, the Friday occurrence was very interesting.



Headman Barnabas Fuzane of Matshabeleni said the sleet restricted movement of both people and animals.

He said the sleet started falling on Friday last week at 7pm and lasted for about 30 minutes.

“We lost our vegetables, property and food as the sleet entered our homesteads. Small animals like rabbits and snakes died while trees in general were pruned of their leaves. We appeal for food aid,” Fuzane said.

“The depth of the ice was 30 centimetres and it is a very rare phenomenon in the country and only happened within a short radius of 5km.”








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