Alice Springs Stormageddon 2016

Last Friday Alice Springs experienced stormageddon. The sky began to darken around 3pm, but the thunder and the clouds seemed to be heading south. Lulu, Zelda and I were at the park but Lulu began to worry about rain coming so rather than walk to the shop like I had planned, we headed home. I took some of the washing inside, just in case. We cooked the chocolate chip cookies that we had prepared dough for earlier that morning. I put on ABC4Kids as we entered the 'wind down' part of the day. The first batch of cookies were baked but before I could make a coffee, the rain started.

The noise was unbelievable! The tv signal stopped working and I moved Lulu from under the roof of the extension to the lounge room where it was somewhat quieter. We put DocMcStuffins on netflix on the laptop and had the laptop on my lap so that we could here it, though the sound was up as high as it could go. As the hail piled up outside, the water slowly began to leak though the join in the ceiling between the old house and the 70s extension. Luckily we had had the roof replaced when we renovated, otherwise things could have been a lot worse.

After the second storm had passed Lulu and I explored outside (Zelda slept the entire time). We found that ice had blanketed our yard, along with torn leaves from the trees and large branches blocked the road. It was something else. I shared a few photos on my instagram, but here are a few more of the storm aftermath.

Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
 Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016
Girl in the Pjs: Alice Springs Storm 2016

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The flowing Todd River
January in Alice Springs is normally hot, hot, hot. We returned from holidays expecting it to be 40+ for the foreseeable future and were pleasantly surprised to discover it raining as we stepped off the plane. And it pretty much hasn't stopped raining since. It's also been strongly cool. I've been wearing jeans and boots to work - in January! Unheard of, till now!
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The Todd River
 photo river-3_zps20a62bcd.jpg The river (which is usually dry) came down on Thursday and has been flowing ever since. Our pool hasn't been filled since before Christmas and it is now to the brim. Last night it rained so hard that our street became a river, flowing over both kerbs & into some driveways. Luckily we had our roof replaced last year, otherwise we may not have had a dry refuge in our place. Friends have had their kitchen turn into a swimming pool & as much as we are all loving the rain it is probably time for it to stop now. 2015 you sure are bringing lots of surprises! Fire in Adelaide and floods in Alice Springs. Climate change is taking it's toll. Let's pressure our politicians to start doing something about it.

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

House plant watering instructions on June Letters Studio Blog - I am hopeless with keeping house plants alive, but am going to try this year! I've had success with my office plant last year so fingers crossed this translates to this year.

I love that in her quest for a minimalist wardrobe, Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has gotten rid of her 'rag pile' of comfy clothes and swapped them for pajama sets - my kind of woman.

These gold shorts are just gorgeous!

More rain in the Alice photos here
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The river in our street & me in my pjs, of course!

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Storms hit Alice Springs
Alice Springs has had a week of wild weather. Storms out of no where. Lightening, rain, then sudden rainbows and then straight back to rain again. Aside from the insane humidity in the over 36 degrees weather prior to the rain, it has been a nice change from the constant sunshine we have here - I know how horrible hey? Last night we stood in the park across the road and watched a storm happening in the distance with one of our neighbours. It truly is a spectacular time of year. Hope December is treating you well too.

A few things catching my eye on the internet this week:

A beautiful post from Our City Lights on taking care of your heart above all else

Lovely interview with Anouska Schollay from the March Collective on The Grace Tales - I met Anouska at Splash last May. She and her business partner Brooke, really are the nicest people!

Rebecca Judd points out how ridiculous tabloid articles really are.

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Rain in the Alice

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Last week something very unusual for this desert place happened, it rained! And it didn't just drizzle a little and go away, it kept raining - for FOUR days. It rained the same amount as the total amount for last year. A giant puddle formed outside my office and at one point the bottom of the car wheel rims were underwater. It was fairly exciting. I have always secretly wanted to see the Todd River break its banks (not far enough for anyones house to be damaged, just up to the sidewalks. No luck yet. By Wednesday night the river was flowing, but not even bank to bank, just one channel. The thing about the river flowing is that it doesn't matter how much it rains in town, it needs to rain in the river catchment areas. Sometimes it will flow when we've had hardly any rain in town and other times it won't flow at all and we had plenty of rain. So that is the ins and outs of our usually dry river.
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Wednesday night a giant double rainbow spanned the eastern side of our town, looking quite spectacular and we just happened to drive down the road where the river was crossing the causeway. We had to stop and take Lulu down to see it. She, of course like any other kid, wanted to dive right in & Nick managed to wrangle her back. It really is such a special time in town when it rains. Everything gets washed clean and the whole town feels fresh again.
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