Tuesday, March 9, 2010

And Now for the Weather

No I haven’t fallen off the edge of the world.
It seems an age since I last posted.
Yet now I check it is only five days.

We had a long weekend here in Victoria: Monday was “Labour Day.”
Pretty much every state in Oz celebrates the holiday but they all hold it at different times of the year.

I have had a busy weekend, my brother Mike and his wife Caro came down to visit from their farm in Northern NSW.
On Sunday we went for a drive down to the Mornington Peninsula. Surprise, surprise I took some piccies down there, I hope to post some of them later in the week.

Now for the weather.

As is traditional we seem to be swinging from a drought cycle to a flood phase.
For hundreds of years droughts in Oz have ended with flooding rains.
This year seems to be no exception.

Up north Queensland seems to be half under water.
While we in Melbourne have had to contend with local flooding and hail.

To put it mildly it has been bucketing down.

In between showers yesterday evening I went out briefly to have a look around.
As when I go almost anywhere my camera went with me.

I stopped to snap these two shots of an impressive skyscape. As you can probably see from the clouds it was blowing a gale.

These benches are in a local park.
As you can also see it is a bit wet.

Then another piccie of the rapidly changing sky (where the cloud was fast eating the blue) before scurrying home to get out of the rain.
If you are interested the ABC (that would be Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has a site with a lot of topical piccies. Topical for Oz that is, at the moment they are featuring a lot of flood piccies from QLD and Victoria


Rayna M. Iyer said...

Fantastic skies, and equally fantastic photographs of the fantastic skies!
When I hear people talk about snow and crocus buds, I wonder what they are talking about, because we've been sweating in Bombay for over eight weeks now. Nice to have you to counter that with a Southern Hemisphere PoV.

Michele Emrath said...

Beautiful pics, as usual!


Adele said...

Gorgeous pictures!

image_of_purity said...

always have interesting picture...nice...

heidenkind said...

Holy cow! That is too much rain for me.

Al said...

Hi Rayna,
Thank you.
Oz has very diverse climates. I know the conditions you are talking about. In our tropical north we have a monsoonal climate too.
The great thing about the blogosphere is the diverse PoVs.

Hi Michele,

Hi Adele,
Thanks! You've posted some nice piccies over at your blog too.

Hi Opoie,
Thank you.

Hi Tasha,
It's traditional to end a drought with floods here (not that we have a choice).
But I agree too much rain (except we need flood rains to fill the water storages to get through the next drought).

M. Gray said...

"A bit wet." LOL, I love your understatement. Great pics!! I would love to see skies like those.

Jenners said...

At first I thought it was sand at the park and then realized it was muddy water! YIKES!

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Great pictures - I love stormy weather!

Al said...

Hi M,
I guess I have quite a "dry" sense of humour. Oh, for goodness sakes, now I am punning.

Hi Jenners,
deep water and park benches are not what normally go together.

Hi Deb,
I love stormy weather too. At least as long as it isn't dumping hail on me (or I suppose blowing the roof off).