Friday, January 27, 2012

A land of flooding rains... Happy Australia Day!

Hello again!

Well I still haven't quite got around to completing those posts about what I've been doing for the last 3 months…. But they're coming!

For now, we are in the middle of another full on wet spell here on the (not so) sunny Gold Coast! Remember that tourism slogan of yore "beautiful one day, perfect the next"? Well now we are "pouring one day, unbearably humid the next"! Those in Australia may also recall that this time last year, 75% of the state of Queensland was under water - the Gold Coast managed to dodge the worst of it last year, but with the combination of heavy rain and king tides, we've had quite a bit of flooding this time around. Although I must say, this is not even close to the devastation experienced last year in places like Theodore, Brisbane, Toowoomba or Grantham (where sadly, lives were lost) so comparatively we are very, very lucky.

Anyways, I thought you might like to see some images I found of our beloved Gold Coast from Wednesday 25 January… (all images courtesy of Gold Coast Weather)

A street not very far from us at 9am – this is a busy industrial area, and that is supposed to be a road, not a river!

This is a local school oval (obviously the school was evacuated)…

A normally busy road under water…

A freeway off ramp looking more like a tranquil bush scene (apart from the massive sign sticking out!)

And last but not least, one of the Gold Coast’s leading theme parks, Movie World, underwater!

Pretty wild, huh? We've had some water problems in our garage, and its been a very soggy ride to work this week, but hopefully it won’t get any worse.

As I mentioned, Wednesday was a wash out for sure - most schools on the Gold Coast were closed due to flooding, roads were impassable all over the place…. Then on Thursday, Australia Day, a miracle happened…. The flood waters (mostly) subsided, and the sun came out! And let me tell you, it was oh so humid - blurgh! Still, it was great to see the sun. We did the all Australian thing and went to a barbeque… we didn’t do as Melissa Tkautz and Sam Kekovich suggested, and throw on some lamb chops (have you seen this special Australia Day take on Barbie Girl? Hysterical!)….

But Mum and I shared some prawns with fresh lemon and avocado, so still pretty patriotic! Aussie Aussie Aussie – Oi Oi Oi!!!

Well that's all for now folks - I just thought I'd share our wild weather… Forecasters say the worst may not be over yet - the current time as I type is 12:30pm, and it's been absolutely bucketing down all morning - just for fun, here is a pic of the radar as it is right now:

We are right under that crazy storm cell and the one over to the left there is likely to arrive later today.  The thing that is so uncharacteristic about this rain is that it is so slow moving - we are used to storms that hit wild and fast, 20 minutes later it's all over and you just clean up!  Lol...  But these storms are taking their sweet time.  There is also expected to be more rain over the weekend, so it sounds like great weather for staying inside and sewing doesn’t it! :)

Hope the sun is shining where you are!

Bye for now :)

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