MONDO Storm 16 November 2008

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This storm was said to be the worst storm in 25 years and for our little community of Ferny Hills it was. Although the roof didn't blow off the Mondo Condo, we sure thought it would. We are happy to report that no one was injured and although we thought Lystra was going to go into labour (with only two weeks to go) we all survived.

The office however didn't fair as well, with about an inch of water running through the meeting room into the start of the office and more water flooding in through the other office doors and water running down the wall above Lystra's computer... we had a bit of a torrid time.

The office will be closed for a couple of days while we clean up and put it back together and prepare for the next two storms coming on Wednesday and Thursday.

MONDO Flood 20 May 2009

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740mm in 48 hours

This flood was the worst since 1974 and apparently we have better drainage since then. At Mondo we have a highly accurate digital weather station and on Tuesday 19th May, it recorded 297mm of rain in the 24 hour period. I thought that was a lot of rain until I awoke on Wednesday.

When I checked the rain guage in the morning we had already had 150mm overnight, from 9am until noon and we then had 200mm and most of that was after 10am.

I was sitting at my desk, happily working away when I looked down and noticed the carpet under my feet was getting wet. I quickly got into the crawl space behind the wall near my desk and found a river. I started bucketing the water out and by the time I had finished, I had bucketed out over 50 litres of water. At the very same time the door of the office was also being flooded, so every dry towel in the place was used until there were none left. I then started just spinning the towels in the washing machine and re-using them as soon as the 10 minute cycle finished, this went on until about 5pm that after noon.

The water that came in under my desk was water that had soaked through 10 foot of earth. That's how much rain had fallen and we live on the top of a hill. By the end of the day 437mm of rain had dumped on our roof.

We have finally dried out now and sorted some more of our flood problems out, hopefully we will finally get on top of them all, but you simply can't keep out that much water sometimes.

Below are some images of the local area.

Worst Dust Storm in 70 years

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MONDO Dust Storm 23 September 2009 - Worst Storm in 70 years

This Dust storm has been heralded as the worst storm in over 70 years.

It started out as any normal day in brisbane, maybe alittle more hasy than normal and as the day went on the outside condition became more and more other-worldly.

Noting how unusual the outside world looked, I thought I'd better grab my camera and snap off a few shots, so that you could more easily understand the amount of dust that had rolled on in.

Below are some images from the home office.

As you can see the as day draws on the colour becomes even more bizarre.

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