Of course, as you all know by now, the apocalypse is here. We’ve seen fire storms, dust storms, hail storms, and flash flooding all in this cursed month of January, and it seems like only the beginning of the Climate Catastrophe.
What a difference two weeks can make!#canberrahail #canberrasmoke pic.twitter.com/pCjnuzV05z
— Medicated Mal (@Mal47C) January 20, 2020
If you, like me, are glued to your phone and obsessively stalking Twitter to see the current update on what this joke of a climate is lobbing at us this time, then you also want to see all the insane pictures from Canberra’s hail storm.
Well look no further, because I’ve compiled the craziest/scariest pics people have shared of the golf-ball sized ice that’s hit Canberra, and it’s wild.
Handfuls of hail #canberrastorm pic.twitter.com/uBWuF0gZQR
— Caitlin Shepherd (@CanberraCaitlin) January 20, 2020
I’m sitting at home writing about tipping points in climate change and how our economic models don’t fully capture the risk of extreme changes in weather when a hail storm like I have never seen before hits Canberra … Balls of ice larger than golf balls. pic.twitter.com/CY2zX3Rj91
— Anthea Roberts (@AntheaERoberts) January 20, 2020
TFW your balcony starts to flood because the hail is so thick it blocks the drain. #Canberra pic.twitter.com/ithoaNhX5F
— Tara Cheyne MLA (@In_The_Taratory) January 20, 2020
Thousands of cars damaged by Canberra hail storm. Back windscreens not built like the front. pic.twitter.com/SswIGNJblO
— Matt Roberts (@ABCcameramatt) January 20, 2020
Our own staff writer, Zoe Brown, lost her entire windscreen to the hail. She sent us these pictures of the freak storm:
On the bus driving through Russell there are cars everywhere with no hail damage. Cross the lake to inspect my decimated car in Barton. Canberra you are weird…. pic.twitter.com/Do0JRAg38A
— Kayannie Denigan (@kayannied) January 20, 2020
Golf ball size hail after a hail storm is seen in front of Parliament House in Canberra #auspol #hailstorm pic.twitter.com/lRdwWdX2Ur
— Mick Tsikas (@AAPMick) January 20, 2020
Never seen hailstones bounce like tennis balls before #CanberraStorm #canberrahail #hailstorm #anu #australia #ABCNews pic.twitter.com/xjV7hHtF0Z
— Rohan Fox (@rohan_fox_work) January 20, 2020
Buldings, Houses And Trees Were Totally Smashed By The Canberra Hail Storm
Hail destroying the trees at Parliament House.. poor gardeners pic.twitter.com/bHEES1yhHy
— Tamsin Rose (@tamsinroses) January 20, 2020
Hail at the National Film and Sound Archive HQ in Acton, Canberra ‘punctured the roof like bullets’. @canberratimes pic.twitter.com/qIq1zqeIzq
— Tim the Yowie Man (@TimYowie) January 20, 2020
Glass buildings encasing years worth of experiments were tragically lost in the hail storms, losing valuable data.
Just glimpsed the CSIRO glasshouses: none left standing. Think of all the experiments destroyed. https://t.co/YgveoHUBiz pic.twitter.com/m9izop4cpu
— Saul Justin Newman 🏳️🌈 (@saul_newman) January 20, 2020
Insane hail in Canberra beheaded my stone Buddha pic.twitter.com/xC0XmsJvE7
— Alex Joske (@alexjoske) January 20, 2020
At Least Some People Were Able To Make Light Of The Hail
Mounds of hail falling on Parliament House in #Canberra. #CanberraStorm #hailstorm pic.twitter.com/ThSwFRm2Ew
— Amanda Copp (@AmandaCopp1) January 20, 2020
When it hails in Canberra! ⛄️⛄️ Only one thing to do 🤣 Crazy scenes! #hailstorm #canberra pic.twitter.com/wNngVCorQy
— Jemma Barsby (@JemmaBarsby) January 20, 2020
The hail didn’t last long, but left years worth of damage both to property and to our wildlife. While some were lost, others were saved by good samaritans.
I wonder how birds survive hail events like the one we had today and I guess the answer is many don’t. RIP dear little galah pic.twitter.com/zkUUTLTwqV
— pivot-to-the-pup (@LizDolphinfluff) January 20, 2020
This poor crow has taken a hail stone to the head during the storm in Canberra by the looks of it. Parliament House staff are looking after him. pic.twitter.com/WAmeXt864o
— Finbar O’Mallon (@finbaromallon) January 20, 2020
Off to the vet pic.twitter.com/P009QuhEZi
— Tom Swann (@Tom_Swann) January 20, 2020
Hopefully more birds are rescued and saved, too. As for the weather – I’m done guessing at this point.
Image Sources: Twitter, Supplied: Zoe Brown