I am guessing Canada has heard many Australian weather news items? It seems people keep emailing to find out if we are "OK" or if we need a "snorkel". Yes... weather has been kinda crazee but luckily not anywhere near us. We have seen some amazing footage of the Cyclone Yasi that just blow threw and the Floods in Brisbane - amazing!
We are about an hour from Brisbane and didn't get anywhere near the rain that they did. If you want a really good look at the damage from the flooding, click on the LINK BELOW. A geography teacher at the school found it and used it in class one day last week.
We are about 18 hours south of the cyclone that hit Mission Beach up near Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Luckily it hit at low tide so there was much less water for the storm surge than was expected. However, once it hit inland, it wiped out all the banana plantations. Expect the price of banana's to rise to $3-4 per banana since Australia is a huge supplier around the world.
Anyway, we are all good! Caught one of my biggest waves yet (overhead) with the swell that rolled through as a result of the cyclone!