Storm season


You know winter is coming to Perth when the rains arrive.

We have a remarkably livable climate here.

For most of the year it’s pretty much awesome – can be a bit too hot in the summer, and the lack of insulation and central heating can make winter a bit chilly, but for the most part – it’s peachy.

But did you know we get more rain in Perth than in London?

Most people in Perth wouldn’t know it either, because for 4 or 5 months, it hardly rains. But it catches up.  Oh boy does it.  And Winter is storm season.

We had a really squally set of fronts come through last weekend and I thought, in my infinite wisdom that would try to get some pictures!

I drove the very short distance to one of the beach carparks and braving the breeze, walked out to the top of the dunes for a picture.

Oh shit!  See the horizon is obscured and there’s that milky line on the ocean? Squall front.  Rain and lots of it.  I snapped this one shot then ran back to the car.  The rain swept over moments after I shut the door, rattling hard on the glass and roof – lucky escape – if I’d got there 10 seconds later I would have been 10 metres from the car when the rain hit!

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I decided that I needed a better view of the ocean from the car – things were too unpredictable to be walking out without being able to see what was coming my way – so I drove a few hundred metres down the bay and parked up in one of the car parks that has a slightly higher vantage point.

Looking south and west down towards Port Kennedy, Long Point and Mandurah, I could see the rain sweeping in.  The ocean, usually pretty benign, was churning hard and had totally overwhelmed the beach (there’s normally 15-20 metres of sand from the dunes to the water).  I need to go check it out again actually – there may have been some decent sand erosion.

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I tried some motion pans – this was the best of them.

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Then the rain started sweeping in again – the little sliver of sunlight coming from who knows where was gradually being threatened by some of the darkest skies I’ve ever seen.

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Pretty soon, the tell tale pulse of wind swept over, along with it a few spots of rain and it was time to run back up the steps before the rain front came over and blotted out the landscape again.

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