All Hail just Broke Loose in Johannesburg

Yes, you heard that right, hail storms are a thing in Johannesburg.

I said all hail, not all hell.

It WAS biblical.

After weeks and weeks of rainlessness in Johannesburg and much of South Africa…

After weeks of drought and water restrictions…

All    hail    broke    loose.

It was a week night. My friend and her son had some over for pizza and wine. We sat gazing at the bright sunny sky beyond the window pane as we chatted.

Her phone rang. Her husband urgently wanted to know where she’d parked her brand new car. This seemed like an odd question. He told us of a huge hail storm baring down on the city. We looked again at the sunny sky and laughed.

“Perhaps I’ll move it just in case”, said my friend. As we turned and glanced out the opposite window we saw that the sky was ominous. Two minutes later all hail broke loose.

The road outside became a torrent and we watched in horrified awe.

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Four Seasons in One Day

Being British, it’s long overdue that I conform to my cultural stereotype and talk about the weather.  Despite living here in the Rainbow Nation, I think rainbows are just about the only weather phenomenon we have not yet experienced.  We have shivered on cold and frosty mornings.  We have sizzled, like sausages on a braai, under the baking sun.  We have experienced wrathful thunder and lightning and traffic stopping rain and hail.  We’ve even ‘survived’ a freak sandstorm. Continue reading