Wowee! What a storm this afternoon, I hope the Queensland bloggers didn't suffer too much damage to their homes and cars. I was working at my job in the city today and the practice is on the seventh floor. Where I spend my day is in an office with 180 degree view from the north to the south, facing west.
On the way to the rail station, I heard on the radio that there was a storm warning for the morning (this was at 6.15am) and it was certainly black in the northwest. So once I got to work, I went on the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) site and could see quite a bit of activity up north, around about Rainbow Beach, on the radar - it wouldn't bother us for a couple of hours. I kept an eye on the radar and eventually that storm moved off the coast out to sea and the storm warning was cancelled.
I kept an eye on the radar for the next couple of hours as well as looking out the window. Nothing happening, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. Then high cloud moved in about lunchtime. I went off to eat just before 12. Came back half-an-hour later and holy guacamole! the sky was black. Flicked over to the radar and there it was, what is known as a super cell and it was fast moving! In 30 minutes it was bucketing, then I heard these cracks against the windows. Puzzled, I looked and listened some more. Hail!!
Oh no! My car was parked out in this weather - was my insurance up to date? Oh yes, that's something I am very careful about, for both car and house. Anyway, it was like night it was so dark. The rain was incredibly heavy, we couldn't see the buildings across the street! One of our doctors had to get up to the hospital as he had an operating list that afternoon, but was worried about the conditions and worried about his patients!
This carried on for only about 20 minutes and as suddenly as it started, the storm stopped. No thunder, no lightning, no hail - just a bit of rain. Then the sun was shining and it was over. In the meantime, thousands of houses had lost power, a couple of cars were crushed beneath falling trees, a house and a church lost their roofs. Incredibly no-one was injured.
Oh well, just another Queensland storm...
And for those of you who wonder - yes, I certainly do work, but this was quite a sight and our little office was crowded with other staff checking out the storm. It happens every time.