Spring “snail” surprises small sportspeople

An extraordinary swathe of somewhat bonkers weather passed over Dorset on Tuesday, where a morning of glorious sunshine and clear, blue skies gave way to an afternoon of particularly peculiar precipitation…

It was a sort of bizarre marriage of snow and hail and fell in bold lumps, bouncing all over car bonnets, yet simultaneously sploshing on to the lush lawns surrounding Clayesmore.

Over on the Prep sports fields, while the rest of the school cowered inside, marvelling at the spectacle from the safety of heated classrooms and offices, some hardy and fearless Pre-Preppers rode out the storm and continued their games lesson, unabated.

Afterwards, lost for words to describe the circumstances, they arrived at the conclusion that a clever amalgamation of “snow” and “hail” would surely be known as “snail”. And lo, a new weather condition was born!

Roll on summer…