Is climate change a real phenomenon? How could it not be? Not only do 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is related to an increase in natural disasters, but fires, earthquakes, and now a “freak” hailstorm have occurred in the past week alone.
Over the weekend, residents of the Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up to find the streets and their vehicles buried in 1.5-meters (~5 feet) of ice. You can imagine their surprise, as the city had been baking in temperatures of 31°C (88°F).
State governor Enrique Alfaro took to Twitter, writing that he had “witnessed scenes I had never seen: hail more than a meter high.” He added, “and then we wonder if climate change exists.”
Luego de una inusual granizada en distintas colonias del Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara, principalmente en Rancho Blanco y en la Zona Industrial, personal de Protección Civil Jalisco atendió la situación desde la madrugada. pic.twitter.com/EZ0XQhhIW6
— Enrique Alfaro (@EnriqueAlfaroR) June 30, 2019
According to IFLScience, cars, houses, and signs were covered in icy pellets and slush. Local authorities and the Mexican military were called upon to help clean up the roads and free vehicles.
“After unusual hail in different colonies of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, mainly in Rancho Blanco and in the Industrial Zone, Civil Protection personnel attended the situation, and have been there since the early morning,” Alfaro said in a second tweet.
Guadalajara is the second most populated city in Mexico. Year-round, temperatures typically vary between 17°C (62°F) and 24°C (75°F). Seasonal storms do occur, of course, but nothing like was witnessed the past weekend.
#AlMomento siguen los trabajos de remoción de hielo en las calles de la colonia Rancho Blanco con el apoyo de maquinaria pesada de nuestra dependencia, retiramos el granizo de las calles y posteriormente se depositaran en camiones de volteo. @GobiernoJalisco pic.twitter.com/su9L2ee4A9
— Protección Civil JAL (@PCJalisco) June 30, 2019
According to BBC News, the storm occurred between 1:50 AM and 2:10 AM local time. When the temperatures dropped from 22°C (71°F) to 14°C (57°F), a hailstorm began. Weather experts say the hail was “normal” size but melted on contact with the ground. This created a river that allowed more hail to float and build on top. Eventually, it grew to proportions that swallowed cars and trucks as it ran downhill.
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Iz mehiškega mesta Guadalajara poročajo o nenavadnem vremenskem pojavu, zaradi katerega je mesto sredi vročega poletja obstalo v dva metra visokem ledu. "Še nikoli v Guadalajari nismo videli takih prizorov," je povedal guverner pokrajine Enrique Alfaro. "Ko se sprašujemo, ali so klimatske spremembe resnične … To je še nikoli viden naravni fenomen. To je neverjetno." Vsaj šest sosesk v mestu se je prebudilo v dva metra visokem ledu. Toča je poškodovala 200 domov, okoli 50 avtomobilov je pogoltnil led. 📷 Profimedia, EPA #guadalajara #mehika #toca #svet #zurnal24
An estimated 50 vehicles were swept downhill by the hailstorm current. Fortunately, there have been no human casualties, according to authorities. However, two people did show “early signs of hypothermia,” according to AFP.
“Most important of all, there is no record of injured people or human losses so far,” Alfaro tweeted, “and the work will not finish until it returns to normal.”
Just remember that climate change isn't happening and everyone should make no immediate lifestyle changes whatsoever.
"Thick layer of ice covers the Mexican city of Guadalajara following a summer hail storm" https://t.co/MUy5DLX9SX
— Rome Van Lara (@RomeVanLara23) July 1, 2019
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