Winter has arrived at last. The storms over the last few days have been attention-getting to say the least. The Inventory whare shook a number of times during Saturday night as huge thunderclaps went off directly above us, accompanied by bursts of rain, and fotunately we were driving west from Palmerston North and not south when a wild storm blew in on Saturday afternoon.
It's just started raining here; again. Out to sea, the skies are dark and brooding, and gale force winds, heavy rain and thunderstorm warnings in force for the reminder of the day. It's days like this that make us glad we drive a desk!
There's a silver lining to the clouds though; the stormy weather over the last few days has brought snow aplenty to the North Island skifields just in time for the July school holidays. Many businesses on the Central Plateau rely on a good ski season to keep them afloat, and the powdery stuff has fallen in the nick of time. There's a whole lot more snow forecast later in the week to low levels; hopefully though, not when we drive through there!
Right; time to batten down the hatches...