I think we are, as a nation, collectively glad that today is the shortest day of the year - given the weather! It was good that the day ended sooner rather than later ;) The forecasted snows didn't materialize for most of the south island, but it has been a hot topic of debate over the week (hmm, maybe all that heat melted the snow). Anyhow, we got a fair sprinkling of sleet which I can now identity as miniature hail, and in fact we did have some snow - huge wet flakes hurtling down to land in a wet pile on the sodden ground. It wasn't the right kind of snow to stick or settle though, so unless you had been looking out of the window you would never have known it had happened. All in all, it's been miserable, cold, gloomy and wet. We optimistically cling to the hope that Metservice has it right this time for a few sunny days next week.