From Sao Paulo to Spain, hail has taken quite the world tour. France is now its latest victim.
Thunderstorms exploded in the northern part of France this afternoon, producing hail stones the size of baseballs.
Hail in France reported today, massive! pic.twitter.com/qU2tcyHK1D— James Warner (@Nimbofartus) June 9, 2014
Towering supercell thunderstorms produced the hail, up to 8 cm (3 inches) in diameter.
Supercell confirmed SE of Paris (5 cm hail). Convective activity bubbling up in N’ern Italy and border with France pic.twitter.com/B57iQJgdEU— Stephane Gentile (@FrenchScotPilot) June 9, 2014
The potential for severe weather had been well-forecast by European meteorologists:
Today marked the second straight day of severe storms.
“On Sunday night damaging winds gusting to over 110 Km/hr (nearly 70 mph) and tennis ball sized hailstones battered the Val D’oise department near Paris,” writes Euronews.com.
The northern part of France laid at the intersection of pools of cold air (low pressure) and warm air (high pressure) at high altitudes, priming the atmosphere for vigorous thunderstorms.