Mexican city covered in several feet of ice after Freak Summer Hailstorm


Guadalajara had been enjoying a sweaty summer for the past weeks until the weekend brought a surprising surprise.

The Mexican city awoke on Sunday morning to more than 3 feet of ice in some areas after a large hail storm swept the region.

While government officials rushed to contain the damage and clear the roads, residents captured amazing images of vehicles and homes swallowed by the ice.

Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, the governor of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, said he had never witnessed scenes like the ones he saw on Sunday morning.

"Congratulate more than to get high, and then we wonder if there is climate change," he said on Twitter.

The Jalisco government has been working with the authorities of the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque to clean and remove the hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support for those whose homes were affected.

Ramírez said that on Sunday afternoon there were no injuries or fatalities.

So how did this happen?

It had been predicted that low pressure extending south from the US-Mexico border will contribute to developing storms along the boundary that separates the different air masses, said CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

"Once these storms developed, all the ingredients came together to produce this strange hail storm over Guadalajara," he said.

The result: accumulations of more than 3 feet of hail in some areas of the region, Guy said.

"The last storm on the front died out and created an exit limit," and the mountainous location of the city helped a new storm develop quickly, Guy added.

The city is almost 5,000 feet above sea level and generally maintains a temperate climate, Guy said. The summer months are often rainy and the severe weather is not unknown, due to the elevation of the city.

The rainy season is considered from June to September, said, Guy.

"However, this was a case where atmospheric and topographic ingredients came into play to cause a hail storm," he said.