Hailstorm in Vashisht Village

On the 29th May 2011  the village of Vashisht, near Manali in the Kullu Valley,  was hit by a freak hailstorm.

It’s amazing how quickly the weather can change in the Himalayas; at 2:00pm it was a beautifully sunny summer’s day.

At 2:30pm storm clouds gathered, the wind lifted & suddenly, without warning, it began to hail. At first the hailstones were small, but within a few minutes they had become, some of them, as large as golf balls.

The Vashisht apple  crop, the villager’s main cash crop, already damaged by frost earlier in the year, was almost obliterated.

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