An unusual summer hailstorm hit the Mexican city of Guadalajara on Sunday. The city was enjoying a sultry summer until Sunday morning, when citizens woke up to more than 3 feet of ice in some areas, reports CNN.

Officials began working to contain the damage by clearing up roads. Residents took pictures and videos of the large number of vehicles and residences that were submerged in ice. The governor of Jalisco, (of which Guadalajara is the capital) Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, spoke about how he has never witnessed a scene similar to what he saw on Sunday morning.

Impact of the hailstorm

The government has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara authorities to remove all traces of hail from public roads. Citizens whose homes are affected will also be offered support. As of Sunday afternoon, Ramirez confirmed that there were no reported fatalities. Around 200 homes and businesses were adversely affected because of the storm. At least six of Guadalajara’s neighbourhoods were buried in ice due to the storm.

What caused the hailstorm in Guadalajara?

CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy explained that low pressure extending south from the US and Mexico border had been fore casted to contribute to developing storms along the boundary separating different air masses. He explained, “Once these storms developed, all the ingredients came together for there to be this strange hailstorm over Guadalajara.” The result was visibly the accumulation of more than 3 feet of hail in some areas across the region.

He added, “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.”

The Mexican city of Guadalajara is nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. For most parts of the year it maintains a temperate climate. During the summer months, some rain is common but weather as severe as this hailstorm is mostly unheard of. This is largely due to the city’s elevation. The rainy season lasts from June through September. This freakish hailstorm has been attributed to “atmospheric and topographic ingredients” coming into play.

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