Heavy rain, hail causes trouble on the Oscars red carpet

Isabella O'Malley
Heavy rain, hail causes trouble on the Oscars red carpet

A boundary that began tracking through southern California on Sunday brought heavy rain and hail to the Oscars red carpet, which left crews scrambling hours before the ceremony was set to begin.

Many took to social media to share photos and videos of the storm’s soggy impacts, which include falling hail and significant amounts of rain leaking through the tent and drenching the red carpet.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had issued a winter storm warning on Sunday afternoon for the San Gabriel range, which is around 30 km north of where the Oscars are held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The severe weather also prompted the NWS to issue a flood advisory for east central Los Angeles County, which said that brief heavy downpours, small hail, and gusting winds were possible.

“February is typically California’s wettest month of the year, but Los Angeles only saw 10 per cent of their normal rainfall for the month of January, so it has been unusually dry up until now,” says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

While the timing of the storm was unfortunate for those attending and working at the event, the Los Angeles Times states that rain isn’t that uncommon at the Oscars. In fact, it has rained on 18 of the 91 ceremonies, with the most recent rainy Oscars being in 2017.

See below for a look at the stormy weather that caused trouble on the Oscars red carpet.