Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Whacky Weather

What crazy weather we’ve been having.

Yesterday when I left work it started to rain – not just any rain, but the wildest thunder storm. I drove one of the girls home from work and the streets were awash, gutters overflowing everywhere and you couldn’t see a thing.

Mick wanted me to get some fresh kerosene for our emergency blackout lighting, as we’d already had one blackout at home, so I then went to the hardware store, by which time the rain had eased.

I had decided to take an alternate route to get home as there is a causeway on the usual road I take, and it floods in a rather spectacular way when we get storms.

As soon as I was back on the road another wave of the storm came over and we were right in the middle of it. Lightning everywhere, and although it didn’t seem possible, the rain was heavier than before. There was no way I was going to try and drive home in it, so I took refuge in a shopping centre while it passed. I then had a very uneventful drive home. We had not had nearly as bad rain and we didn’t get any further blackouts, thank goodness.

This morning we woke up to this:


It has blown all the way from South Australia, well over 1000kms. Everything is covered in dust. Mick called me on his way to work. He was the first on the road this morning and he was leaving tyre tracks on the bitumen road. He said more dust was billowing behind the ute on the bitumen than we get on our dirt road. Bizarre! You might expect this out west, but not here. I’m dreading what is going to get washed off our roof into our water tanks.

Since taking the photo it has started to rain lightly again – mud!

It has got cold again and is expected to stay that way for the day.


PS. While typing this Mick has come home to drain all the downpipes to try and keep some of the mud out of our tanks. Isn’t he an organised fellow!


Sandi said...

Very bizarre weather at the moment!, I agree, I don't envy you with all that dust.
Where we are in S.E. Queensland, we really could do with some rain. The ground is starting to develop cracks, and my poor garden needs a watering. The rainwater level in our tank is getting a bit low.
Very windy today :(

Jewells said...

I woke up to the same here near Newcastle. Very eerie and all lights look blue for some reason. Very hard to breathe. Hopefully most people will stay home today, but unfortuneately I have to go to work.

Sandi said...

Just after lunch today, the high winds blew that dust storm our way. It is very eerie looking at everything through a brown/red haze.

Bec said...

Amazing colour in your photos! You were lucky, Crookwell had hail late last night the size of golfballs, my mils house has lots of smashed windows I believe....
I was lucky to be able to spend most of the day inside tidying up my sewing room mess.....

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh, I just emailed you and now see that things have REALLY gone crazy there!!
Hope you can get those tanks sorted, tracey