World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations
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Lausanne, Switzerland: Hail and Thunder
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.