hail in July

I’ve seen a lot of crazy weather in Hohhot, but I’ve never seen hail in July. I actually still haven’t since we’re not in town right now. But, the hail shower pictures, videos, and laments of dented cars were the main topic of wechat yesterday.

hail

I think the hail is especially unusual because we’re technically in “san fu tian” which are the hottest days of summer according to the lunar calendar and traditional beliefs. This year the “dog days of summer” fall between July 13 and August 22, which is 10 days longer than the usual 30 days.

I guess Hohhot’s hailstorm didn’t get the message.

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