Crazy weather!

27 11 2008

We’ve been having some really unusual weather the past week or so. Here, it’s rained heavily—we’ve had twice our annual rainfall for November and most has fallen in the past week. Huge drops, and big heavy gushing downpours. Good for the dams as we come into summer… not so good for the farmers who are in the middle of the grain harvest right now.

Yesterday, over near Salmon Gums, they got massive hail and ice and it flattened the crops. Now to put this into perspective, it’s late November here. It’s getting hot (usually). Salmon Gums’ average maximum temperature from 1932 to 2008 throughout November is 26C (about 75F), and their average minimum is around 10C (http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_012071.shtml)

So, here’s what happened near Salmon Gums yesterday (photos courtesy of my friend Bobbie’s chiropractor!):

Highway, Coolgardie to Esperance, 26 Nov 2008

Highway, Coolgardie to Esperance, 26 Nov 2008

Highway, Coolgardie to Esperance, 26 Nov 2008

Highway, Coolgardie to Esperance, 26 Nov 2008

So we opened the gate...

So we opened the gate...

I guess if you don't laugh, you'd cry — drought, now this

I guess if you don't laugh, you'd cry — drought, now this...

Hailstones the size of small eggs

Hailstones the size of small eggs





Amazon’s Black Friday Sale!

27 11 2008

For some amazing Amazon deals, check out Amazon’s Black Friday Sale—it’s only on for a VERY short time (Friday 28 November 2008 in the US)





Advance Australia… puddle!

27 11 2008

Kathy D—an Aussie friend now living in the US—sent me this classic photo of a puddle.

I don’t know who took it, where it was taken (though it looks a bit like the landscape around Kalgoorlie), but I assume it was taken through a car windscreen (see the white-ish smear or reflection back from the windscreen on the left?).

Puddle in the shape of Australia

Puddle in the shape of Australia

Classic!