Lightning Strikes

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but we get some awesome storms here in Western Australia.  They are mostly just packed with rain and wind, but from time to time, they come bearing violent electrical goodies.

So when I heard the rumbles of thunder across the ocean, naturally, I went down to check it out.

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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. Read More

what a difference a day makes

Its been blowing a gale since I did the last blog post – last night was pretty uncomfortable with the house making all kinds of creaking noises in the storm force winds.

I woke up early as a particularly nasty squall came in and I thought we were going to lose the windows! Read More

Stormy

Well, it seems that winter isn’t quite done with us here in the Southern Hemisphere!  Normally the low pressure troughs have fully moved south by now and stable warm summery weather is here to stay until March.

But not this year.

It’s been a spring of fits and starts, warm days and squalls. It’s like a misfiring car.

The weekend was warm and dry.  Today we have violent storms with howling gales and torrential rain Read More

Raising Hell

We’ve had a few storms here over the last few weeks.  Big arsed hairy Indian Ocean winter storms.

These are usually ok – the wind howls, the rain falls and then its gone.  Except this time we had 2 of them back to back, the first with a sudden howling gale that knocked down fences and trees and damaged the roof and the second, a few days later, bringing 12 hours of violent wind and torrential rain.  This, as you can imagine did not go well with the already damaged roof, and water came pouring in through one ceiling over of the windows in the back of the house.  Bah!

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Adventures with work

I posted about this kind of thing before.

Sometimes I get to travel for work and whilst it mostly sucks, it does mean I get to see places for free.  I don’t get very long to myself to explore and often I’m not really in the mood to go wandering around on my own, but I do get a flavour of lots of interesting places.

So, this time, my work has sent me to Brisbane, capital city of the state of Queensland. Read More

Stormville

So, a few hours after having chilled out and watched the sun go down on the beach (in the last post) we got hit by the mother of all storms.

This pic was taken by a local photographer, Grahame Kelaher, about 10km from us to the south, so those lightning strikes were the ones over our head!

We got woken up at 2am by lightning like I’ve never seen before – a strike every second or two and the noise, amplified by the flat surface of the ocean, was unbelievable.

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They call it stormy Monday..

Yesterday evening it clouded over and went all grey and dreary. Usually that means that the sunset is nothing special, just a warm glow, often a thin blue line of cloudless horizon for the sun to peak through just before it sets.

Well, last night I thought it was going to do the same, so I stayed in and pottered about a bit.

I kinda got it wrong.

The sunset was spectactular. Read More

stormy weather

We’ve been on cyclone watch for the last few days as tropical cyclone Bianca has been making its way down the Indian Ocean from the tropics and is forecast to swing inland right over Perth today.

Well I think its petered out and although the wind is increasing and the sky is looking very dark all of a sudden, apparently its not scheduled to be the roof lifting monster that was once feared. In fact, you can hardly see it on the weather radar.

Good!  Being next to the ocean like we are here, we often get storms in the winter and just occasionally in the summer too and we’re well used to be battered by some pretty strong winds, but I don’t want to go through that kind of thing if I don’t have to!

Anyway, yesterday, out of the blue, we had thunderstorms arrive and they left a trail of destruction across the state – north and east of us got pummelled by this thing – causing damage everywhere.

It kind of missed us, we got some rain, lots of rumbling thunder, amazing skies and that was pretty much it.

Well, being the photo happy snapper I am, I had to get a shot 🙂 Cool, huh?

Later in the day I thought we were going to get the most amazing sunset – the clouds were just too thick though, but the skies were still very interesting, even if they didn’t glow and shine like I expected.

One minute it’s too hot, the next, nature decides you need a storm, the next its 38C again and then that very afternoon, a cyclone rolls over.  Australia, never a dull moment.

rain rain

don’t go away, its nice to have you to cool things down again..

Its been another crazy busy week work-wise, hopefully its done and dusted by the end of tomorrow and I can return to the more sedate pace I was previously used to.  Its also been a hot week, peaking at 39C on Friday, which was pretty warm given that my air con went pop again.

We’ve had a nice rain front blow in this weekend – much needed really as there has been precious little of it this winter.  Its been warm though – its 31 outside and pouring with rain right now – we have all the windows and doors open to try to capture some of the cool air.

I just went to the DIY shop for some replacement pop-up sprinklers for my reticulation – after a while they get battered by the mower and the seals start to go and they start leaking everywhere.

To you non-Aussies (or those without garden irrigation), pop-ups look like this

So I have 6 new ones ready to replace the old battered ones – that should sort out some of the dry spots on the lawn and also should stop some of the water being ‘wasted’ (it goes back into the ground anyway) with inefficient spray.

I just need the rain to stop so I can sort them..

I stopped by the beach on my way home as the sky was looking a bit interesting – and yes, interesting doesn’t do it justice – within 2 minutes, it was pouring down!

The rain has stopped again now, so I’m off into the garden to sort those sprinklers.