Australia has seen some obscenely wild weather this summer, going from catastrphic bushfires, fire cyclones, flash flooding and now Mother Nature has just dropped the sequel, hailstorms.
Not just any hailstorms either. This supercell thunderstorm is pelting down golfball stone sized hail.
Here are just a few examples of the absolute carnage.
Hail hitting canberra, inside of my wifes surgery she works at - taken just now pic.twitter.com/hHntXkBuSq— andrew champion still angry (@andrewc48512109) 20 January 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) 20 January 2020
Canberra just got smashed by the biggest hail storm I’ve ever been in ... pic.twitter.com/RKCviYjQfh— Tegan George (@tegangeorge) 20 January 2020
Hectic hail storm in Canberra pic.twitter.com/OCEhyVUnxd— Peter Swanton (@PeteSwanton) 20 January 2020
Hail destroying the trees at Parliament House.. poor gardeners pic.twitter.com/bHEES1yhHy— Tamsin Rose (@tamsinroses) 20 January 2020
Remarkable scenes here at Parliament House as a storm hits Canberra... this much hail in about 5 minutes pic.twitter.com/iRjBjiqWBv— Caitlin Taylor (@caitotaylor) 20 January 2020
Holy calamity. I am finally witnessing the mythical golf ball sized hail pounding down on Parliament House. IT IS WILD pic.twitter.com/oXv7KAJ5yQ— Sarah Martin (@msmarto) 20 January 2020
Hail storm hits Parliament House. Some of the hail stones are the size of golf balls pic.twitter.com/bdRoSSaB1n— Don Arthur (@donattroppo) 20 January 2020
RIP cars too...
The sad news is, and this is information I was not privy to until today - most insurance companies do not allow you to make claims for hailstorms because they're considered "an act of God".
Personally this concept rubs me up the wrong way. Fair enough if one individual wants to believe in God, however companies are not sentient beings and cannot believe in concepts like "God", so how can one not be insured for a natural event like this?
How can a natural event like a hailstorm be considered an "act of God" but all other natural events can be covered for?
Where does one draw the line in the sand, or the snow, when something is "meant to be" and something is a genuine disaster?
This philosophical argument aside, fortunately only two people have reported minor injuries relating to the storm. Buildings and cars have not been so lucky, with many severly damaged by the hail.
This comes after a similar storm which hit Melbourne on the weekend and more severe storm activity is predicted across much of the Eastern seaboard.
This hailstorm also comes after horrendous air quality conditions, lingering from the bushfires.
If a message was ever sent to our Government to get serious about this climate crisis we're facing, it would be now.