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
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
Fragmentos del segundo capítulo de la novena temporada (nº 161, 2011) de Los cazadores de mitos (Mythbusters), en el que se examina la veracidad de la formación del llamado “hielo azul”; es decir, de proyectiles de hielo generados en los fuselajes de los aviones a consecuencia de pérdidas de agua en los lavabos. Estrenado en EE.UU. el 13 de abril de 2011. © Discovery Channel.
Los resultados indican que es perfectamente posible la formación de proyectiles si la pérdida de líquido es gradual (no si es abrupta), pero para ello deben fallar hasta tres distintos mecanismos que en condiciones normales impiden la salida del agua del lavabo al exterior.
Imphal, January 31 2010: Mystery shrouded Mongshangei Maning Leikai area with the sudden landing of an icy substance from the open sky today.
The bluish icy mass, weighing around 5 kg, fell on the tin-roofed kitchen of one Sougrakpam Jugeshwar of the locality with a sudden bang.
“We heard a loud bashing sound on the roof of our extension kitchen at around 2:15 pm.
Upon checking what was going on, we found the bluish icy substance on the floor”, said Jugeshwar’s son Rajiv.
The unknown mass created a huge hole in the roof of the kitchen with its forceful landing. Continue Reading Mysterious mass falls from sky…
By LORNA COLQUHOUN
Union Leader Correspondent
BETHLEHEM – Friday was one of those nice fall days — clear and sunny, with a cloud or two poking around the sky.
It was a good day for yard work and that’s what Brad Chapman and groundskeeper Trevor Houston were doing, down by the stone wall, just before 12:30 p.m.
“All of a sudden, we heard a whoosh — it was like a two-second whoosh — and it was kind of eerie,” Chapman said. “And then we heard a thump and we looked around and saw this ball of ice, 30, 40 feet away, tops.” Goodness, gracious.
“It was eerie, that whoosh,” said Chapman, innkeeper at Adair Country Inn. “I looked around to see if someone was throwing snowballs — that was my first thought. And then I thought, ‘That’s a big snowball.'”
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Un hombre de Bristol, ha descrito la forma en que fue golpeado por un bloque de hielo que el 5 de julio de 2009 cayó de un avión cuando él estaba sentado en su jardín. Continue Reading Cae hielo del cielo y golpea a un hombre…