Severe thunderstorms accompanied by very large hail hit parts of of Germany, Italy, France and Austria over the weekend, prompting officials to declare the highest alert level.
Extensive damage has been reported to agriculture, especially vineyards, and this years harvest has been put at serious risk.
Damaged cars and broken glass have also been reported.
The storms were brought on by a southward plunge of the jet stream that carved into western Europe sending a potent upper disturbance northwards.
That instability then charged up thunderstorms over the Mediterranean Sea, which swept up into Italy, Austria, France and Germany.
Kandern, Loerrach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany saw a river of hail on July 15th:
Severe hailstorm with large hail in Monozzo (RE), Emilia Romagna, northern Italy yesterday, July 15: