Wild Weather: Baseball-Sized Hail Pummels Parts of Italy

Baseball-sized hail came smashing down near Naples, Italy on Saturday in a storm that injured several people and animals in addition to causing damage to vehicles, crops and more.

According to Jonathan Erdman, senior meteorologist for weather.com, the storm was brought on by a vigorous southward plunge of the jet stream that carved into western Europe sending a potent upper disturbance into the Italian peninsula Saturday.

That instability then charged up thunderstorms over the Mediterranean Sea, which swept into Italy.

“The satellite signature was classic for a severe thunderstorm, or cluster of storms.”

Social media posts recorded hail near Lake Como in Northern Italy as well as the in the Naples area.

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