Summer skies

The skies here have been pretty spectacular in the last few weeks.

First it was wild westerly winds – quite unseasonal, we usually get our fill of westerlies in the depths of winter in mid-August.  These resulted in some lovely streaky cloud patterns, most of which I missed because I was busy with other things.

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More recently it has been thunderstorms, which are becoming increasingly common as summer progresses.  The other day we had three thunderstorms “spawn” within 30km of us, leading to some spectacular skies.

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This storm delivered marble-sized hail, but thankfully not so much of it that any of the trees or plants in the garden were damaged, and gave us 25mm of very welcome rain.

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