Europe experienced record number of hailstorms in 2022 for the second year in row

Europe experienced record number of hailstorms in 2022 for the second year in row

2022 saw a record-breaking number of hailstorms in Europe with 8 224 large hail reports. That is 2 791 large hail reports more than in 2021, which was already a record-breaking year. France had the most reports with 2 461 and was also the country with the largest economic impact of 4.8 billion €.

Record-breaking rain for Gisborne, New Zealand

Record-breaking rain for Gisborne, New Zealand

After a run of particularly wet weather for New Zealand’s Gisborne region, one location has beaten its record for the highest January rainfall since 1937.

The greatest concentration of lightning ever recorded

The greatest concentration of lightning ever recorded

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption on January 15, 2022, has set a new record for the greatest concentration of lightning ever detected. According to data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset GLD360, nearly 400 000 lightning events were detected within just six hours of the eruption, making it a truly exceptional phenomenon.