It’s often been said by some, in the field of Climate Change studies, that if the planet had a proverbial “canary in the coal-mine”, then it would be Australia. The land down under, my home, has been subject to numerous climate issues for decades: the hole in the ozone layer, causing increased UV radiation; droughts causing major suffering for farmers; the strange dust storm of last year; and now, strange severe weather.
You would expect to see this kind of meteorological outburst in tornado alley, somewhere in Oklahoma perhaps. But several weeks ago, Melbourne was hit by an incredible storm of a phenomenal nature: a storm that started as an amazing downpour of hail, but quickly turned the city streets into rivers… Video below:
Several weeks later, my home town of Perth was hit by a similar severe storm – the likes of which have not been seen in the area for years, perhaps decades. The media called it a freak storm, and was so unexpected and huge that it generated international headlines. Here’s some footage:
This video below looks more like footage taken by Oklahoman storm chasers.
It is, in fact, still Perth.
This storm was phenomenal