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I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

freak hailstorm





A week ago Melbourne had a freak hailstorm. Suddenly the sky went dark and heavy rain pelted down. Then the rain turned to large hailstorms the size of golf balls. I was out but my daughter in law Violet was home and took these photos of the garden.

14 comments:

  1. Saw this on the news ... amazing to think this was in Melbourne! Hope your garden came through OK!

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  2. Dear Catmint, Gosh! What a shock! I imagine that such a storm is totally out of character for Melbourne or, indeed, Australia, at this time of year or at all. The pictures are certainly evidence!

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  3. Wow that is some storm. Hope everything survived.

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  4. It must have been terrible for people who were out walking under such hail stones.

    Lucy

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  5. Bernie, yes thanks, the garden came through OK. When the storm was over, it was happy because it had had a good soaking.

    Hi Edith, yes everybody was amazed. The storm did a lot of damage but to my knowledge no one was injured.

    Hermes, yes - thanks - everything survived here but insurance companies named it a catastophe.

    Lucy, yes it was very scary. Parents of young children sheltered their children with their bodies.

    Cheers, catmint

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  6. Holy moly a big lot of hail stones!!!

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  7. I heard about this storm from someone in Melbourne (her garden got hit hard, but her parents, who live out of the city, didn't have a problem). She said it was quite petrifying.

    Glad you and your garden made it through, glad no one was hurt. And I hope the new growth in your garden will be enthusiastic from all that nice nitrogen in the hail.

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  8. Wow, those are huge! Hope everything is ok.

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  9. Hi Catmint, I love your blog, that storm was amazing but how the garden has loved all that extra water!

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  10. Hi Catmint, Hopefully everything escaped permanent damage over there!

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  11. Hi Catmint~~ It looks like everything and everyone survived the storm. I hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come.

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  12. Hi Kas, good way to describe it, absolutely holy moly!

    Hi Pomona, yes - it was great for the garden, for the all the newly planted and transplanted to get established.

    Hi Deborah, thanks - everything is OK here. I guess we are just usually too protected from the violent forces of nature.

    Hi Jilly, lovely to hear from you and thank you for the blog compliment. Yes, the garden loved the water. I guess it's just as well I don't do sensitive fragile annual types.

    Hi Grace, It never happened before so they call it freak. When does freak become a pattern?

    Cheers, catmint

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  13. Wow. I live in Queensland and we've seen some serious hail storms, but I didn't think you Melbournites even knew what hail is...!

    What amazing pictures!

    (mansfieldsmusings.blogspot.com)

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  14. Hi Mr M, thanks for your comment. I was going to comment on your blog but then I found out that that would be against the guidelines. What a great idea to have a class blog, you must be an excellent teacher! Cheers, catmint

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