“It” has only been mentioned three times in the entire archives of BobinOz.
Sami mentioned “it” in her guest post; on that occasion “it” surfaced over at Mooloolaba Beach, but of course I didn’t see it.
“It” also gets mentioned twice more, firstly when I talked about the heavy storms we suffered in May earlier this year and secondly when I ran through a list of natural disasters that we had suffered in Queensland during the last financial year.
But the only reason I mentioned “it” in those two post was to explain that although “it” happens all the time in England, ‘it” never happens here.
But, yesterday “it” DID happen here! So, what is “it”?
We had a similar day all the way back in February, on the 17th. It was a dull and grey day which made my wife feel quite a bit down without realising why at first. Until we realised it was because we were having British weather. It didn’t actually drizzle on that day but it appears, having re-read the post, that we may have had some the following Tuesday.
Not only did we have drizzle yesterday, but the temperature dropped to a miserly 19°C. Brrrrr!
I had always claimed that we don’t have drizzle here in Australia, then yesterday I was proved wrong. But it is a very rare event, certainly where I live here in Brisbane. I’m not sure how often it has happened since I’ve been here, but I bet it is no more than a handful of times.
A weather forecast for this area of Australia to cover the entire year would probably read “mainly hot and sunny with occasional storms”. See, no mention of drizzle.
But, if the men from the met office are to be believed, proper downfalls will be resumed soon. They predict that we can expect around five or six severe storms during the coming season, which runs from around September through to March. The characteristics of a severe storm are described as…..
- hail, diameter of 2 cm or more ($2 coin size); or
- wind gusts of 90 km/h or greater; or
- flash floods; or
- tornadoes, or any combination of these.
But this is just normal severe storm behaviour. Really really severe storms can include hailstones the size of cricket balls! Like they had in Sydney in April 1999.
Guaranteed, any severe storms and I will be out there videoing it. But this time, I’ll try not to smash my camera.
Anyway, thanks to Sunday’s drizzle we didn’t do anything exciting. My wife took our daughter to the pictures and I stayed at home to tidy up the garage. Sounds like we may be needing to park the car in it soon.
Oh, and in case you’re interested, the weather did cheer up again today……