Canberra has been in severe drought for several years now, on top of already being the dryest major city in Australia. The drought was a significant contributory factor in the 2003 bushfires and means we’re on water restrictions severe enough that watering of lawns is prohibited. So, it bears mentioning that since New Years’ Eve, the weather here has been very weird with frequent heavy thunderstorms and major hail, including another major storm last night.
The aftermath was so bad, colleagues of mine were unable to get to work this morning – this is the middle of Summer here, BTW!
In fact, another storm has just started here and it’s absolutely pissing down!
If you didn’t already believe what Al Gore had to say in An Inconvenient Truth, you’d be well on your way to being convinced.