Oblivious to all but the inconvenience of heavy rain at lunchtime, I worked hard in my ceramics class yesterday.
But elsewhere in the Bay of Plenty there was some unusually fierce weather. The weight of 15 cm of hail broke through the roof of our local mall in five places and everyone had to be evacuated, and there were at least three little tornadoes that did a bit of damage to roofs further up the coast.
This is what our local beach usually looks like:
But yesterday, about fifty steps from that pic, the beach road looked like this:
And that beach looked like this:
And of course there are always people quick to take advantage of any situation:
And, as if that wasn't enough, there was a waterspout in the bay too. Luckily that didn't touch land!
If you are interested, here's the information in the newspaper.