Monday, July 4, 2011

McLaren Vale Hail Storm

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McLaren Vale was hit by a severe hail storm in the early afternoon of the 4th of July. Large hailstones fell all across the region, with the western edge of the town having very large stones and ice clogging the roads. We feel sorry for the pruners who got smashed by this hail, shown above, on Rivers Lane on the western edge of the township. Luckily it looks like the vineyards were already deserted.

The sound of the hail failing on roof tops sounded like a ship colliding with a jetty, as you would hear in a Hollywood disaster movie. The storm made a sickening groaning sound as it passed. In the wake of the storm ice littered the roadside and the land looked as if snow had fallen.

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The hail also continued into the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. This picture by Bec Hardy of the K1 by Geoff Hardy Cellar Door looks as if you could go skiing.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the state can expect to see more wild weather in the coming days and issued a severe weather alert for the Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, the South East and parts of the Yorke Peninsula. Fortunately vines are dormant at this time of year and are not damaged by hail.

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