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World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations

Where storm-chasers can experience mind-blowing tornadoes, sandstorms, lightning, and other natural thrills from a safe distance.

Lausanne, Switzerland: Hail and Thunder

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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.

World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations

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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