Friday, 17 December 2010


The staccato metallic rattle of hail on the roof is something I haven't heard for years in this neck of the woods.

We had a short, but fairly intense burst at about 5.15pm yesterday, and about 40mls of rain, although the accuracy of the reading was probably compromised by the lumps of ice in the mouth of the gauge.

I watched it approach on the weather radar, but just as it was almost on top of us, the power went off for a short time, and we lost the internet. Strangely enough, 3G coverage went at the same time as I discovered when I tried to use the iPad as a backup.

The dog has no brains and gets confused by rain. Hail is something else. We put her in the laundry, but she was terrified by the noise, and spent the time scratching on the door to be let into the interior of the house.

The BOM is forecasting more today. If it eventuates, we will have had three consecutive days of severe storms, which is typical for this time of the year. The pattern - that is. The intensity is unusual.

We could be in for an interesting wet season.

Video is brief and of poor quality, but it gives you an idea of the intensity of the storm.

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