Over the weekend, the Mexican city of Guadalajara was hit with a heavy hail storm, which left the Jalisco state capital covered in a three-foot carpet of ice. As local officials attempted to clean up the storm's aftermath, residents captured footage of the city's streets and buildings swallowed by the icy residue.
"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, said in a statement on Sunday. "Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomena."
Residents of the populous city and the broader international community also took to social media to address the role that climate change likely played in the abnormal occurrence.
Guadalajara, a city of 5 million residents located north of Mexico City, has recently been experiencing temperatures upwards of 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the city has been hit with hail storms in the past, rarely have they been this heavy.