Residents of Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up to three feet of ice Sunday after a freak hailstorm in the middle of a hot summer.
Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, said he’d never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.
“In coordination with the Mexican military and municipal authorities from Guadalajara y Tlaquepaque, the government of Jalisco is working on cleaning and removing hail from public roads,” Alfaro tweeted. “Very early in the morning, before going to Mexico City for the launch of the National Guard, I was in the area to evaluate the situation and I saw scenes I had never seen: hail more than a meter high, and then we ask ourselves if climate change exists.”
Muy temprano, antes de ir a la CDMX para el arranque de la Guardia Nacional, estuve en el lugar para evaluar la situación y fui testigo de escenas que nunca había visto: el granizo a más de un metro de altura, y luego nos preguntamos si el cambio climático existe. pic.twitter.com/cognB1JHg6
— Enrique Alfaro (@EnriqueAlfaroR) June 30, 2019
Alfaro added in a follow up tweet that there have been no reports of deaths or injuries from the storm.
The city is nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and usually maintains a temperate climate, although severe weather is not unheard of during the summer.