Capital woken with a crack by early hours storm
Giants fighting? Angels bowling? God with an upset stomach?
Whatever you want to call it, there was an almighty boom over the capital last night, as an energetic thunder storm passed through the territory with no respect for noise laws at about 2am.
But apart from leaving a few Canberrans a little bleary-eyed, the storm didn't leave too much evidence behind this morning, dumping less than 5mm of rain on the capital and pushing winds to mere 15km/h gusts during its short lifespan.
While summer is usually considered the stormy season in the capital, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Louise Carroll said it wasn't all that unusual to have a storm or two in winter.
But one of the differences between a summer and a winter storm can be how they are triggered.
While thunderstorms in summer are often caused by heat pushing moisture up from the ground, last night's sound show was triggered by a low pressure trough, which mixed with moisture in the air to create "mid-level" instability - meaning more flash and bang, but not quite as much rain.
"Mid-level thunderstorms are usually more lightning active, because you don't have that moisture pushing up," Ms Carroll said.
Thankfully, the capital can expect a bit more serenity tonight as the trough and associated low pressure system go on their merry way through the course of today.
"We've seen the most of the rain go through now, but we are expecting a few lingering showers for the rest of today," Ms Carroll said.
"Most of the showers will be on the western sides of the ranges, but we've got some quite strong winds that could push those over the ACT.
"From now on, it's a general easing trend."
The Bureau is predicting a bit of breeze and a few more showers today and tomorrow, before a partly cloudy Sunday and Monday.
Today should reach a top of 15 degrees, while tomorrow is predicted to be a chilly 10 degrees.