South Australians are always quick to note that it is the driest state on the driest continent, but it should be noted that it’s also a land of extremes.
We were driving down the highway near Kapunda, South Australia — where the land is so bone dry and the landscape so stark and sunbaked that you would be forgiven for imagining that rain has never fallen here — when we ran across this unexpected flood indicator.
For many years an American salt company advertised , “When it rains, it pours.” South Australia could easily use the same slogan.
Back in December we had two of the hottest December days in South Australian history. It was heralded far and wide as more evidence of the global warming Armageddon. But far less heralded is the fact that since then we’ve had a streak of remarkably cool weather. Last week it rained. No, it didn’t just rain, it poured.
In late January, the middle of summer.
In South Australia.
Who’d a thunk.
On top of that, it’s been so cold that we had to turn on the heater in our cottage.
Despite experiencing these extremes, I cannot wrap my head around a storm big enough to drop enough water to create a flood that would reach the top of this sign.