The weather is notoriously unpredictable. A well-dressed weatherman smiles brightly through your television on Monday morning, promising you a sunny day, only to be caught in a hailstorm and late for work in a dented car.
The weather can also be extremely dangerous. Tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, to name just a few, wreak havoc around the world every year, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
Below is a list of some of the most terrifying weather events on Earth that have been captured on camera or painted for posterity and served as a constant warning to seek shelter early.
Libya is located in North Africa and is a predominantly desert country that sees very little rain on an annual basis.
However, in October 2020 an upper trough moved across the Mediterranean and brought with it a storm that produced ‘gargantuan’ hail stones. The photographs that emerged of the incident brings to mind disaster movie scenes such as Geostorm, with some of the hailstones held in both hands because they were so massive.
Researchers at the time believed that the giant hailstones were a record for the African continent and quite possibly some of the largest ever photographed.