This evening a year ago, Canberra was hit by a freak summer hailstorm that caused huge damage.
It was my father’s birthday – the day before Australia Day – and we suddenly heard this HUGE, deafening noise coming from the southwest. I ordered the neighbour’s cat (who was hanging out here) into our house. We closed everything up.
And then it hit us, and we had to stand a full metre from the glass because the sports ball-sized ice was coming in at a huge angle and smacking against the glass. We all ended up with some significant damage to our houses. The roof leaked, and most of our doors, windows and decks were damaged.
It seems we have freak weather at this time every year now! Sometimes it’s hail, and sometimes it’s fire.
The back deck eight hours afterwards. It was a hot day; there’s still ice everywhere!
The Canberra Times actually used this picture – no idea why, as it’s no masterpiece.
The neighbours’ cat investigating during the storm.