Thursday 14th June, 2012
All day on the radio yesterday we had been hearing about this storm that was going to 'hit' Adelaide late last night. It was due to come in around midnight and go through to the early hours of the morning with the winds abating during today.
"Expect winds around 105 kmh with the Hills fairing worse than down on the plains" was the message from the Weather Bureau. They advised people to put away any items that could be blown around in the wind, put cars undercover and definitely don't park under trees.
The SES (State Emergency Services) were put on standby. Apparently this storm was coming from the west and had caused considerable damage to Perth and country areas in West Australia, though they did say that the wind may not be as strong as what Perth had endured.
This morning when we woke we expected Adelaide and the Hills to have suffered some major damage. Instead there was none. The storm that was predicted fizzled out to nothing. Adelaide had some winds up to 60kmh while in the Hills they had winds up to 80 kmh. We also had around 10 mil of rain and some lightning.
I am so happy that the predicted storm didn't eventuate, but we are hearing more and more frequently of these things happening but then they become non events. We either hear we'll get strong damaging winds or we are going to have a major downpour.
With all the modern technology available to the weather bureau wouldn't it be nice if they could get it right just once. Then again people, especially the farmers, would have nothing to talk about.