|Daniel Spakman's photo of a double rainbow and ice at Ilparpa, Alice Springs|
"A hail storm in Central Australia that turned the Red Centre white has been met with a mix of joy and bewilderment.
The ice blanketed the ground around Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon, with people stopping their cars on the roads out of the town to capture the phenomenon.
Ray Rowe took video from the side of the road and wrote "So much ICE in Alice Springs right now".
The video, posted on the ABC Alice Springs Facebook page, has been shared over 7,000 times.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Angeline Prasad described the event as "unusual".
"Hail can happen at any time of the year,
but [it is] more common during spring and summer." "
Winter wonderland in the Red Centre as hail transforms desert
Pity the Double Rainbow Guy wasn't there to witness this rather unusual event. ;-)
|The Dalai Lama on his first visit to Uluru,Central Australia,yesterday.|
"They are [the] local people right from the beginning, so their culture — it is very important to keep their cultural heritage," he said.
He emerged from his meeting hand-in-hand with two local Anangu women and told of one woman he met who could speak 80 traditional languages.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said he was astounded by the complexity of the local culture and told those in attendance they could preserve precious Aboriginal custom and traditional knowledge by adapting modern technology.
"The important part is, in different parts of the world, indigenous people, local people, they have their own cultural heritage, so that's the main reason [I am here]: in order to express my respect to your (Australian indigenous) culture," he said.
The Dalai Lama encouraged local Aboriginal people to maintain traditional names.
"It is important to keep their own traditional name — modern education, modern dress, but they would keep their traditional name," he said.
That message has gained the attention of local traditional owners, who said the Dalai Lama's support could help improve the wellbeing of their people.
The spiritual leader also spoke of his scientific fascination with Uluru.
"Monks, we always stress the importance of investigation, so therefore I am very, very keen to see future discussion from scientists about these rocks, the basis of the material."
Later, hundreds gathered on a local football oval to hear the Dalai Lama talk about the Tibetan pursuit of happiness."
Dalai Lama meets with Uluru traditional owners; says more needs to be done to protect culture
|The Dalai Lama is greeted on his arrival at Uluru.|
"A Taiwanese man who was airlifted off Uluru after being trapped on the rock for more than 24 hours is recovering in hospital."
The 27-year-old fell about 20 metres into a crevice high on Uluru on Thursday and spent the night with multiple limb fractures and head injuries.
He was rescued in what police described as a slow and difficult process involving a helicopter and an abseiling operation.
The man is now stable and in a general ward in Alice Springs Hospital.
Keith Hutton, who coordinated the tourist's rescue, said the operation took 10 hours because of dangerous conditions on the rock."
Taiwanese tourist recovering after night trapped in Uluru crevice
So, if this isn't all just a coincidence cluster, then as the Double Rainbow Guy yells out in his You Tube above,
"what does it all mean?".