A rare hailstorm pelted the streets of Sao Paulo Sunday, leaving behind a thick white coating resembling snow in some areas.
“Residents in Sao Paulo wondered at the ice balls that decorated their yards and gardens even up to early Monday,” reports the Associated Press. “Some told local news media that their children had never seen hail or played with ice before Sunday’s storm.”
The water and ice broke a dry spell in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. In April, its main reservoir shrank to its lowest level on record according to Christopher Burt at Weather Underground.
Although the thick layer of ice dropped on Sao Paulo Sunday was unusual, the city somewhat regularly experiences hail in thunderstorms.
Here’s some pretty amazing multimedia views of the scene left behind, from social media:
Crazy hail storm in São Paulo, Brazil leaves white landscape and chaos on the streets. pic.twitter.com/VgsEXiKMBY— Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches) May 18, 2014
bizarro a quantidade de granizo que caiu na aclimação aqui em SP pic.twitter.com/Am1BFs0ubJ— João Pedro C. Motta (@OficialJoao) May 18, 2014
Brazilian kids getting into the spirit of WorldCup in WinterWonderland of crazy Hail Storm in Sao Paulo :) pic.twitter.com/we5wLfDzpZ— Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches) May 18, 2014