In the wake of last week's explosive display of ice, electricity and thunder I was talking to a chap who manages a local shop.

Like me, and like everyone, he was astounded by the at times frightening display of Mother Nature throwing a tanty.

'Heaviest hail in 20 years': Orchard owners fear for Hawke's Bay stonefruit after storm
Wild weather: Thunderstorms, gales, heavy rain and large hail forecast
Storm causes Napier building's ceiling to collapse
Your weather: Thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain on the way

And he told me about how a mum and her