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All hail Melbourne!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

We get hail in Melbourne from time to time, but not usually at the end of summer, and definitely not this size! This is the intersection outside my apartment – the fall was heavy enough to almost look like snow, at least to the residents of the beach and park city that is Melbourne. The hail was accompanied by rain so strong that leaves were ripped from most of the nearby trees and plastered all over cars, as you can see with the white bus in the final picture. The water collecting in the street was deep enough that passing cars created waves, which lapped at my feet as I stood in the middle of the footpath. Even now not all of the “snow” has melted away, but the conditions have calmed enough that most traffic has resumed – it’s great to see people helping each other, with pedestrians directing cars around the deepest pools and generally getting wetter than they need to just to help others avoid trouble.