Monday, June 12, 2006

Hail in the Makgadikgadi Pans

The May issue of The Boteti Diaries , the e-mail newsletter of David Dugmore at Meno A Kwena Tented Camp & Safaris on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, reports hail in the pans:

"The constant rain we experienced this wet season tailed off in April. After a few weeks of little and no rain we expected that it could be over. Then the night air temperatures started to drop as we move into a dry winter. And out of the blue came big black clouds and very abrupt heavy rain. The cold air turned the raindrops to ice, we watched hail bouncing off the firm wet Kalahari sand in camp. The rain gauge filled with ice pellets. Over 20mm hail fell in an hour."

More climate and wildlife observations from the camp can be found in back issues of the Diaries on the Meno a Kwenya website.

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