Landscape change, hail across the land

Published 17 Nov 2016 
about  Boolcoomatta Reserve  
Storm passing by Woolshed.<br/> Storm passing by Woolshed.
After the storm.<br/> After the storm.
All the veg washed away.<br/> All the veg washed away.
Smashed and washed vegetation.<br/> Smashed and washed vegetation.
Hail dimpled ground!<br/> Hail dimpled ground!
Hail and rain damage.<br/> Hail and rain damage.
Wide view.<br/> Wide view.
Damaged area.<br/> Damaged area.
Smashed.<br/> Smashed.
Smashed.<br/> Smashed.
Adjacent Hill with no damage 200m away.<br/> Adjacent Hill with no damage 200m away.
Rocky Hill after storm.<br/> Rocky Hill after storm.
Look closely and you can see the path.<br/> Look closely and you can see the path.
A young Euro beaten from hail. We found many lizards, a roo and emu killed in the storm (not a lot of shelter here). No doubt more are out there.<br/> A young Euro beaten from hail. We found many lizards, a roo and emu killed in the storm (not a lot of shelter here). No doubt more are out there.
A clear view of where the storm passed.<br/> A clear view of where the storm passed.
Not smashed, for comparison.<br/> Not smashed, for comparison.
Normally the vegetation looks like this.<br/> Normally the vegetation looks like this.

Around 5pm last Thursday night we experienced an amazing storm that brought with it dramatic clouds, horizontal rain and large hail stones.

Fortunately at the homestead area hailstones were only about the size of a large marble and perfect to drop into a gin and tonic. 

This storm, however, was far more intense north of the homestead and in Broken Hill.

In those spots it produced squash ball size and bigger hail stones, along with torrential rain that has had a big impact on a large area of the north-western corner of the reserve.

We found many lizards, a roo and an emu killed in the storm – there's not a lot of shelter in this area. No doubt more casualties are out there.

You'll notice in the images that I've photographed areas with and without hail damage. It's almost like a fire has been through and then rain, but there is no sign of fire. Much of the exposed vegetation in some areas has been completely stripped, snapped, smashed and then washed away!

I think it will re-sprout over time, but the structure is so smashed it's hard to know what form it will take.

[click on the following images to zoom them]

After the storm.<br/> After the storm.
All the veg washed away.<br/> All the veg washed away.
Smashed and washed vegetation.<br/> Smashed and washed vegetation.
Hail dimpled ground!<br/> Hail dimpled ground!
Hail and rain damage.<br/> Hail and rain damage.
Wide view.<br/> Wide view.
Damaged area.<br/> Damaged area.
Smashed.<br/> Smashed.
Smashed.<br/> Smashed.
Adjacent Hill with no damage 200m away.<br/> Adjacent Hill with no damage 200m away.
Rocky Hill after storm.<br/> Rocky Hill after storm.
Look closely and you can see the path.<br/> Look closely and you can see the path.
A young Euro beaten from hail. We found many lizards, a roo and emu killed in the storm (not a lot of shelter here). No doubt more are out there.<br/> A young Euro beaten from hail. We found many lizards, a roo and emu killed in the storm (not a lot of shelter here). No doubt more are out there.
A clear view of where the storm passed.<br/> A clear view of where the storm passed.
Not smashed, for comparison.<br/> Not smashed, for comparison.
Normally the vegetation looks like this.<br/> Normally the vegetation looks like this.