Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Harda | Updated: Apr 07, 2016 11:34 IST
Reeling under an early heat wave, people in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh received a cool surprise — an ice chunk weighing about 30kg falling from the sky.
The chunk, believed to be a megacryometeor (ice-stone) or blue ice, came crashing down in a field on Monday, creating a three-foot-deep crater upon impact. This comes nearly three months after a similar incident in Sagar district in which a 60-year-old woman was injured.
The latest incident occurred at Nousar village in Timarini, 40km from Harda district headquarters. The field belonged to Raj Kumar Patil, whose younger brother Jitendra Patil was irrigating it at the time. On hearing the thundering sound, locals came running to the field to find the chunk had broken into three.
Jitendra said another chunk came crashing down in a field nearby. “I was very scared. Nearly 14 seconds after the first chunk of ice fell, another smaller chunk fell in a nearby field. We informed other villagers who came rushing,” he said.
Harda collector Srikant Banot said he will inspect the site and also rope in geologists and other experts. He said in all probability, it was blue ice from a plane flying overhead at a great height. He said he had sent the sub-divisional magistrate to the spot to submit a report.
According to a research paper, ‘Isotopic studies of megacryometeors in western India’ published in March 2013, ice-stones or megacryometeors form suddenly even during non-cloudy, clear sky when there is no thunderstorm activity.
“Although their formation is not clearly understood, they are considered to have an origin different from large hailstones. The research paper is based on four unusually large ice-stones weighing several kilograms which fell in western India (Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra ) during October–November 2010.
According to authors of the research paper, many causal mechanisms have been hypothesized for the formation and fall of megacryometeors that include aircraft icing, blue ice or waste water released from aircraft lavatories, leakage from aircraft water tanks, condensation trails of jet planes and extraterrestrial origin.
They also pointed out that, according to Martinez-Frias who has collected data on ice-stones falls across the world, “megacryometeor fall frequency has increased since 1950 and that 46 fall events have been recorded between 2001 and 2006 alone”.
Fuente: Hindustan Times
Posted 6:39 PM, March 25, 2016, by Jackie De Tore
HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP, Pa.–The owner of a Cumberland County car dealership is looking for answers after a mysterious chunk of ice fell from the sky Friday and smashed into the windshield of a vehicle on the lot.
“I’ve seen hail before, but nothing on that level. that was like football sized, it was ridiculous,” said Matt McCormick, sales consultant at McCafferty Kia.
McCormick was showing two customers some car options at the car dealership in Cumberland County.
He says, out of nowhere, he saw something falling from the sky.
“I heard a very loud whistling noise, we turned around to see a large white chunk crash into one of the cars.”
That large white chunk was a sheet of ice and it came crashing down on this brand new Kia Soul.
Luckily, McCormick and his customers were a few cars down.
No one was hurt, but the car is in pretty bad shape.
Continue Reading Ice chunk falls from sky, crashes into parked car at dealership in Cumberland County…
Woman woke to ‘giant crashing noise,’ hole in roof metres from bed.
By Stu Mills, CBC News Posted: Mar 23, 2016 5:00 AM ET
An Ottawa woman believes a chunk of frozen sewage plummeted from a passing aircraft and punched a hole through the roof of her mother’s Nepean home early Sunday morning, just metres from where she lay sleeping.
Continue Reading Frozen sewage from passing plane suspected cause of hole in Nepean home…
By Leticia Juarez
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
COLTON, Calif. (KABC) —
Colton resident Megan Clement says a large chunk of ice mysteriously fell out of the clear blue sky and slammed into her townhome shortly before 10 a.m. Monday morning.
Continue Reading Chunk of ice falls from sky, mysteriously hits Colton townhome…
BHOPAL: A 60-year-old suffered a shoulder injury after a football-sized chunk of ice fell on her from the sky in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.
What was touted as a rare, celestial occurrence in the district’s Aamkhoh village, has now grabbed attention of aviation scientists, who believe the culprit could have been a commercial plane which unintentionally dropped a ball of frozen poo and urine from its toilet.
Experts said this was perhaps be the first incident in India in which a person was injured due to falling ice from a passing plane. Eyewitnesses claimed that the victim, Rajrani Gaud, is alive only because the ice chunk crashed into the edge of a terrace of a house before hitting her.
“I was only 25 feet away from the spot where the monster came crashing down. Children and villagers witnessed the fall and then heard screams. We ran to wards Rajrani’s house and referred her to hospital,” Deepak Jain, a government school teacher in Aamkhoh village, told TOI. “The ice ball hit the roof first. Other wise, it would have smashed her skull,” he said.
It could have either been “blue ice” (a term used in aviation for frozen sew age leaked mid-flight from an aircraft’s lavatory waste system) or a megacryometeor (an extremely large chunk of ice formed under unusual atmospheric conditions). An aviation expert said the waste leaking out of a lavatory is in a liquid state but gets frozen because of the low temperatures at the height at which airplanes fly-there is a fall of roughly 2 degrees for every 1,000-feet elevation. However, the chances of such a chunk of ice reaching the ground is remote although not unheard of.
If it was blue ice, the incident will be termed an aircraft accident and the victim will be entitled to compensation under the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2012, said an expert.
However, the district administration did not bother to investigate the incident. It was not officially reported too. District collector AK Singh said he did not get it investigated as he thought it was a rumour. But Bimal Kumar Srivastava, a Delhi-based aviation consultant who has been working on blue icefalls, took it seriously and reported the matter to the director general of civil aviation and the director general of the India Meteorological Department. He got to know about the icefall from a Hindi daily which had termed it a mysterious incident.
Fuente: The Times of India
By Mike James on August 24, 2015 12:13pm
Susan Cebula lives on George St. and was getting her lawnmower out around 10:20am, when she says she heard a strange noise.
“All of a sudden I heard a ‘woosh’ and a ‘thump’,” says Cebula. “And I looked around and all I could see was this ice, it had just fallen, and there’s no one else out in the back around anywhere.”
The 49-year-old says the piece of ice is cloudy white with air holes in the center. She’s since put the ice in her freezer and isn’t quite sure who to call about the mystery.
Meantime, Geoff Coulson with Environment Canada doesn’t see anything that leads him to believe that it’s weather related.
“Nothing that would really account for a piece of ice falling out of the sky,” says Coulson. “We don’t have any real thunderstorm activity or strong storms that would be capable of producing something like a large hail stone.”
CLARKSTON, Wash. –
A 92-year-old woman narrowly escaped injury late Monday night when a large chunk of ice fell from the sky and crashed through her roof just seconds after she had moved away from where it came in. There were no injuries, but the ice left a gaping hole in the woman’s home, which is located in the 1300 block of Maple Street in Clarkston. The incident caused considerable damage, officials say. Continue Reading Woman narrowly escapes injury when ice chunk crashes through roof…
MOXEE, WA – Everyone is looking for ways to beat the heat, but giant ice cubes falling from the sky probably isn’t your first choice to stay cool; one family came home to a bizarre surprise in their house.
Homeowner Dwaine Morrison was in shock to come home and find a giant chunk of ice in his closet, “I mean it was just covered with insulation from the hole and I was just in disbelief I mean you randomly hear about things like this but to actually have it happen is another story.”
Morrison and his wife were at a baseball game, when their daughter called, saying ice was raining from the sky.
Megacryometeor lands in Ravenswood Manor barely missing cat tree in man’s living room.
By Lorraine Swanson (Patch Staff). January 9, 2015 at 9:15am
A Chicago man arrived home from work on Tuesday evening only to discover three bowling ball-size chunks of ice in his living room and a freaked out cat.
Continue Reading Chunk of Ice Falls From Sky Mysteriously Crashing Through Chicago Man’s Ceiling…
Rich Ascani of Dallas said he was at his mother’s house in Exeter when he heard the ice falling and then crashing into some bushes right next to him.
Ascani couldn’t figure out where it came from. He figures it must have come from a plane passing overhead. He said it looked like the ice was frozen around something. He’s just glad it didn’t hit him or someone else. He said it was falling really fast.