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The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

"When nature gives you hail, take a picture of it on instagram."

@thebelieber143 via Twitter"When nature gives you hail, take a picture of it on instagram."

Los Angeles and its outskirts got the closest thing SoCal gets to snow yesterday: a hailstorm of epic (or at least dime-sized) proportions.

But we're going to put aside the "L.A. weather wussies" jokes for now, so dumbstruck are we by the gorgeous, hail-themed Instagrams that inundated Twitter on Monday.

They were shot all through the hills, valleys and freeways of greater Los Angeles...

... filtering a rare and cozy weather event through the quaint, nostalgic lens of Instagram, hipsterest photo app of them all. Might as well have been the Great Los Angeles Snowstorm of 1944!

Here they are, our 25 favorites. There were so many great ones, it was hard to whittle it down that far, even -- but we felt these particular 'grams all captured, in one way or another, the unequipped Los Angeles terrain at odds with little angel turds from space.

What we learned: Hail is most lovely when paired with uncovered lawn furniture in February; flower blossoms/palm trees; freckled California girls in tank tops; etc.

See for yourself.

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@MusicMouth via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@CliffKokkeler via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@geejayaay via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@JeffIFlores via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@kasskass4 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@JasonSeliskar via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@nataCACAlee via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@pravolk via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@CJChiasson via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@missemilyruth via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@abrines via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@Jackieee12 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@LittoJohn via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@freckliess via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@138KA via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@TheDiVasquez via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@Roial1 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@JustAlex_S4C via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@GenSpin via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@dodgyboy64 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@cindybrizel via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@supertek23 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@BallinReam via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@GinnyMarie20 via Twitter

The Great Los Angeles Hailstorm of 2012, in Instagrams

@AlbumNate via Twitter

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