I was enjoying an afternoon drink at my local working men’s club here in the UK when it got to the time of day when I usually telephone Wonderful Wi. It was one in the afternoon UK time and seven hours forward in Thailand. The conversation followed a fairly normal routine but all of a sudden it was turned on its head by Wilai and aided by her use of Tinglish, that lovely mix of Thai and English language rolled into one.
“Hus…band. I have news from village. Something happen.”
“Eyes from the sky! I don’t understand.”
“Eyes. Same you put Jack Daniel. Same you put drink to make yen (cold).”
“Eyes…you mean ice.”
“Yes. Eyes from the sky. Same rain but eyes.”
“You mean hailstones. Ice from the sky.”
“Yes… eyes. Me and cousin go outside, pick up eyes and put glass. Taste aloi (nice).”
Having got the gist of the conversation I was amazed that hailstones had fallen in Thailand. I know of reports about snow in Thailand, that happened in Chiang Rai way back in 1955 but I’d never seen or heard of hailstones in the Land of Smiles. Wilai then said she’d seen hail once before and that was over 20 years ago.
Thailand does sometimes get cold in its winter months, but now, the latter part of March, the weather is warming up for the hot season and hailstones seem a really strange weather condition to me. Have any of you seen hailstones fall in Thailand before because I haven’t despite spending a lot of time in Thailand over the years.
I’m very interested to know your thoughts and experiences on hailstones in Thailand.
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