Freakish Hail Storm Buries Mexican City
5 FEET of Hail Buried Guadalajara on June 30, 2019
Yes, you read that right. The Mexican city was hit with a freakish hailstorm that piled up to 5 feet tall in some areas. The video below is just one of many shared after the weather phenomenon.
While government officials moved quickly to contain the damage and clear up roads, residents snapped photos and videos… and made hail-angels, naturally.
So, how did this happen?
According to CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy, low pressure extending south from the US and Mexico border was forecast to add to developing storms along the boundary separating different air masses.
“Once these storms developed, all the ingredients came together for there to be this strange hailstorm over Guadalajara,” he said.
“The last storm along the front died out and created an outflow boundary,” and the city’s mountainous location helped a new storm rapidly develop, Guy added.
Guadalajara is approximately 5,000 feet above sea level and usually maintains a moderate climate. The summer months (June-September) are often rainy and severe weather isn’t unheard of, because of the city’s elevation, Guy explained.
However, “severe weather” doesn’t necessarily mean hail deep enough to bury cars.
“This was a case where atmospheric and topographic ingredients came into play to cause a freakish hail storm,” Guy said.
“Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists,” said Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, on Twitter.