Bulgarian scientists’ anti-hail cannons fail against hail of Biblical proportions

The hail was very heavy—fire flashing in the midst of the hail—such as had not fallen on the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.

Exodus

9:

24

(the israel bible)

May 31, 2022

3 min read

In a failed attempt at hubris, Bulgarian scientists fired rockets at the heavens to prevent a hailstorm of near-Biblical proportions.

A hefty level 3 summer hailstorm hit Bulgaria over the weekend, dropping hailstones that ranged in size from walnuts to tennis balls, causing significant damage. A Level 3 threat is the worst and is issued for hailstorms of extreme intensity.

Tile roofs were destroyed while windows in cars and houses were smashed. Crops were destroyed in many areas, with many farmers reporting that none of their crops survived. No injuries were reported. 

“It was hell; there were animals killed. I’ve never seen anything like it, “one local man told Darik News.

On Saturday,  Bulgaria’s  Hail Control Agency fired over 450 anti-hail rockets in the regions of Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, and Plovdiv. There was also a patrol flight with a hail prevention aircraft in the north. After the storm passed, leaving massive destruction in its wake, the agency stated that its system does not cover the areas in southern Bulgaria that were severely hit by hail storms on Saturday.

Bulgaria’s geographical location and diverse terrain characterize it as one of the most hail-stormy countries in Europe. The Hail Combat Execution Agency (HCEA) has seven radars for weather monitoring on Bulgarian territory, providing hail control missile protection in the north-central and northeastern districts.

A hail cannon is a shock wave generator claimed to disrupt the formation of hailstones in the atmosphere. An anti-hail rocket explodes in the clouds under the same premise. Manufacturers claim that what would otherwise have fallen as hailstones then falls as slush or rain. When used, these devices frequently engender conflict between farmers and neighbors because they are repeatedly fired every 1 to 10 seconds while a storm is approaching and until it has passed through the area. As recent events illustrated, there is no scientific evidence for their effectiveness.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, warm temperatures in the summer months do not prevent ice balls from raining down. Hailstorms occur when warm, moist air from the ground rises upwards, forming showers and storms. Temperatures higher up, even in summer, can get well below freezing, allowing ice crystals to form along with something called “supercooled water,” which grows into ice pellets. Air rises rapidly in severe thunderstorms, suspending the hailstones and allowing them to expand in size. Eventually, they get too heavy and fall to the ground.

If climate change claims prove to be accurate, the world may see the plague of hail return with a vengeance. A study published in New Scientist focused on the size of hailstones in recent storms since this aspect generates the most devastation. The study theorized that the size of individual hailstones and the total mass that fails per storm could increase if temperatures rise globally.

“As the atmosphere warms, it holds more moisture. This means more water can fall out of the sky when conditions are right, in the form of rain, snow, hail, or graupel (snow pellets),” New Scientist reported.

Ironically, by trying to prevent the hailstorm, scientists brought about the Biblical version of the natural phenomenon in its unnatural incarnation, which mixed the elemental opposites of fire and ice. 

The hail was very heavy—fire flashing amid the hail—such as had not fallen on the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. Exodus 9:24

Jewish sources predict that all of the plagues will reappear in the final Redemption but in even more powerful forms. It is written in Midrash Tanchuma, homiletic teachings collected around the fifth century, that “just as God struck the Egyptians with ten plagues, so too He will strike the enemies of the Jewish people at the time of the Redemption.

Rabbi Bahya explained this conceptBahya ben Asher, a 13th-century Spanish commentator, who wrote, “In Egypt, God used only part of His strength. When the final redemption comes, God will show much, much more of His power.”

The Israel Bible gives a poignant explanation of why the seventh plague, a combination of fire and ice, is appropriate for the turbulent times we live in.

“The hail contains both fire and ice, yet the fire does not melt the ice, and the water of the ice does not extinguish the fire. They can exist in harmony for the purpose of fulfilling God’s will. Similarly, the medieval commentator Rashi comments (Gen. 1:8) that the Hebrew word for heaven, ‘shamayim,’ comes from the Hebrew words ‘aish’ (fire) and ‘Mayim’ (water), as the two came together in harmony to make up the heavens. This serves as a powerful lesson of peace and is referenced in the daily Jewish prayer service. The following supplication appears multiple times in the liturgy: ‘He Who makes peace in His heights (between fire and water), may He make peace, upon us and upon all Israel.’”

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