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Hail and Lightning Storm in Cuenca, Ecuador (Video)

Today started off like a typical day in Cuenca – sunny. Early this afternoon, the clouds darkened and it started to rain – which is also fairly typical. We noticed some small ice pellets in the rain – very small, but visible on the windows of our house. Read more about Cuenca’s Spring-Like Climate.

Very quickly the pellets got larger and they began to accumulate. So Dena grabbed her camera and filmed this short video. While hail isn’t unheard of, it isn’t very common. This is the biggest hail storm we’ve seen since we’ve been here.

The pellets only lasted about 15 minutes before they began to melt. The storm continued – thunder, lightning and lots of rain. Now, it has cleared and things are beginning to dry off. The force of the hail was strong enough to lift some of the concrete on the window ledge. Kind of like a wet sandblaster.

With the hail today, you might ask: Is it cold in Cuenca?

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  • Terry April 26, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Great idea to grab the video camera!

  • Andre Hugo March 8, 2012, 5:53 am

    There have only been a few times in the past three years here in the North, Carolina Park, area of Quito. The last time, about three months ago, the whole park was white. Yes, it reminded me of being back in Canada. I have seen photos of hail in the South end of the City where the “snow” was apparently a foot deep.

    • Bryan Haines March 8, 2012, 6:21 am

      Hey Andre – wish I had seen that! We haven’t had anything like that here in Cuenca, guess the lower altitude prevents it.

  • Property Management Pro March 2, 2012, 4:10 am

    Woah ain’t seen hail like that in years! At least it’s not quite golf ball magnitude!

  • Marilee Irwin March 1, 2012, 10:53 am

    Hi Bryan and Dena,
    Looks like a typical summer’s day here in central Alberta. We’re hoping to get to Ecuador soon. Who knows? Maybe we can buy you a coffee, and reminisce about snow (remember shoveling?) :)

  • Lisa February 29, 2012, 8:31 pm

    Hi Bryan, we enjoyed Dena’s video, but Ken and Rick said that it didn’t make us homesick for Canada. It was 32C here in Cozumel today, no chance of hail. :) We are having a good time.

  • Mom February 29, 2012, 6:33 pm

    With all that white stuff on the ground, doesn’t it make you a little homesick for home? the cold? the snow? :-)

    • Bryan Haines February 29, 2012, 7:16 pm

      Hi Mom – you know, a good snowstorm would be great right about now. I love a good snow day, but here it last for just a few minutes and then its all gone…


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