Storm days!

This past week, Sydney had some ridiculous thunderstorms.

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Thanks to a perfect storm (heh) of weather conditions, our region went through a cavalcade of weather fun–gale force winds, hail, floods, and even snow in parts of the Blue Mountains. It was intense. They Sydney Morning Herald called it a once in a century event, and the news coverage reminded me of the 2012 Derecho that hit parts of the states. Like the Derecho, the super storm caused massive power outages, property damages and flooded subway trains.

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Fortunately for us, though, Balmain wasn’t hit too hard. In fact, we watched the storm roll in on Monday night (amidst my own anxiety attack storm), and we had a good time. When I was younger, thunderstorms would turn me into a frightened puppy. I assumed every storm would turn into a tornado and kill me–the natural assumption for someone who has never been in a tornado. But I was raised by parents who grew up in Tornado Alley. And I did watch Twister a million times when I was 12. At some point though, I fell in love with thunderstorms. I get excited when the wind picks up, when I see thunder heads and when the temperature drops. That smell of impending rain, right? So good.

The storm rolls in...
The storm rolls in…

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The clouds get darker...
The clouds get darker…

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The winds picked up and the rain started, so I retreated inside.
The winds picked up and the rain started, so I retreated inside.
First rain drops!
First rain drops!
Joel catches lightening
Joel catches lightening
He caught it!
He caught it!
poor balcony furniture..
poor balcony furniture.. at this point, we were pressed up against the glass like little kids.
So dark
So dark.
And suddenly, it cleared up. And the clouds gave way to a lovely colored sky. I couldn't do the sky justice with my camera. It was entirely bright orange, and beautiful.
And suddenly, it cleared up. And the clouds gave way to a lovely colored sky. I couldn’t do the sky justice with my camera. It was entirely bright orange, and beautiful.

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Ahhhh :)
Ahhhh 🙂

Such good storm.

Added bonus: the storms gave us super cool temps, and I got to pretend like it was October in Virginia for a bit. Thanks, storm!

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