Aussie Toddler Shocked And Happy To See Rain For The First Time
Imagine having never seen, heard or felt rain. For most of us, that's a bizarre thought, but for some, it's a reality that illustrates just how bad the Australian drought has been over the past few years.
Large swaths of the country have been drying up, thanks to hot weather and virtually no rainfall.
But, after months of not a single drop, the heavens have opened up over parts of Australia and it's leading many to jump for joy. The rain bomb, which has hit Victoria and New South Wales hard over the past two days, has left one little boy in particular shocked.
This 18-month-old from Scone, in the NSW Upper Hunter shire, couldn't help but smile as he watched rain fall on his property for the first time in his life.
It's baffling to think a person with nearly two years on this planet hasn't seen rainfall before, but that's what rural Australia is like under the drought. Footage of the toddler playing in the rain has been uploaded by Channel 9 and it's gone absolutely viral.
One person commented on the video, saying: "How surreal and beautiful is that? History right there priceless."
Another added: "How precious, seeing/feeling something for the first time, pure gold. Hope he enjoys every moment."
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Firefighters and drought affected farmers have been praying for this moment ever since the forecast was made and the heavens have certainly opened up.
According to Sky News, a month's worth of rain fell over Melbourne over a few hours last night.
People in Victoria reported hailstones as big as 20c pieces along with rain so heavy that it caused mild flooding in some areas.
It was a welcome change for Melburnians, as the rain washed away a lot of the hazardous smoke haze that had been hanging around the city for several days. More than 70mms was dropped over St Albans, in Melbourne's west, in just an hour.
The Daily Mail reports the storm has been a massive win for firefighters, helping extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts between 20 and 40mms will fall in farming territory, which will be a welcome reprieve from the horror drought conditions they've been experiencing for months.
Sadly though, it doesn't look like it'll be enough to break the drought for many.
Featured Image Credit: Channel 9
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