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Fire and Hail

It’s another really hot summer here in Austria and the weather has been acting accordingly. Last week, the local steam train set light to the grass at the side of the line.

The next day, just as I’d cycled back from the library, a storm came over and boy did it hail! I could have wept when I saw my Geraniums and Petunias being shredded, but it was too dangerous to go out. They are slowly recovering now. Neighbours’ veggies were sliced to pieces. My Gooseberries have scars, so I hope I will have enough to make this year’s wine.

Now this week, it’s back to a heatwave with it up into the low 30s this week. What happened to the Lugau being the Austrian Siberia?


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Storm

18th June

We’ve had this incredibly hot weather recently, and I think the farmers have been doing their nuts in, fetching in as much hay as possible.  Too hot for me, I expected to be cold all the time here!  On this day, we had this temperature record for us.

Dave and I were watching a dvd later that night, the weather man saying no thunder tonight when we noticed it getting a bit dark.  In five minutes this what I can only describe as a tornado crashed through, plants went horizontal,  petunias in the window box over flowing with water, various veggies flattened. 

The rain was full on the north side of our house, Linda said her hall was flooded.  It hurtled through leaving so much damage.  My shots of the hail were blurred, shame, and no way was I opening the window to take the piccies! 

We heard later that the hailstones on Obertauern were like golf balls and in Kendlebruck south down the valley from us, they had about 3 inches. 

Bit like the shock storm we had last summer when I was at the Burg.  Crazy weather!