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World's top storm-chasing destinations: Lausanne, Switzerland: Hail and Thunder

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Lausanne, Switzerland: Hail and Thunder

Located atop the arc of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is regularly hit by Alpine storms and föhn winds that whip down Switzerland’s Savoy Alps toward Lausanne’s Ouchy waterfront. The region’s moody skies, wuthering winds, and dark clouds were the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written here during a chilly June in 1816. Alpine storms come fast, sometimes delivering chunky hail, theatrical smacks of thunder, and hammering rains. The sixth-floor junior suite veranda at the Beau Rivage Palace offers dramatic panoramas of the lake’s clouds and surrounding Alps (brp.ch; from $450).

When to Go: April–October.


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