After a mostly excellent summer, last night was a bit of a shock.
Admittedly summer was very late arriving, and I hope it will be equally reluctant to depart. However, it came as a shock to experience what seemed like a winter evening. There was a lot happening in Wellington this weekend, and some events were cancelled due to the unexpected downpour and a lot of surface flooding.
Out in Island Bay, a kayaker had been reported missing and the Police Launch, Lady Elizabeth IV made a fast run out through the harbour mouth on her way to search for the missing person. Happily he turned up safe and well so the search was called off. I was relieved. The last time I watched a police launch (The Lady Elizabeth II) leave port in a hurry in 1986, she never returned, and two of her crew died.
Across the harbour, a container ship Passat Spring seems to have suspended operations. The container cranes are stowed away anyway.
Looking up the harbour from Pt Jerningham, the heavy cloud over the valley seems to threaten even more rain.
Let’s see what happens tomorrow.