SEOUL — Thunder crackled and tiny hailstones rained on parts of Seoul and Gyeonggi province Wednesday as a low-pressure weather system swept across the region.

The bizarre weather pattern dropped heavy rain and hail on certain areas while skipping nearby neighborhoods entirely, according to Korean Meteorological Agency forecaster Kim Deuk-wan.

Kim said it was the first hailstorm in South Korea this year.

Soldier found dead in Humphreys barracksA soldier was found dead in a barracks room at Camp Humphreys on Wednesday afternoon, a 2nd Infantry Division spokeswoman said.

The name of the soldier, who was assigned to the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, officials said.

Officials are investigating the cause and circumstances of the death, the spokeswoman said.

Association offering 2007-08 scholarshipsSEOUL — The Seoul Chapter of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International is offering scholarships of $500 or greater for the 2007-08 school year.

Applications and eligibility criteria can be found at

The application deadline is April 30.

Call Edward Durham at DSN 723-3883 or 010-8943-9413, or e-mail

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