It was a wild week here in Saskatchewan with loads of extreme weather. It was rather interesting to note that all of this activity occurred the same week that the tornado touched down in Regina 100 years ago – the biggest national disaster Canada has ever faced with a death toll of 28 and a city basically leveled. 2012 was a luckier year though – the storm chasers saw some amazing scenes but there was no loss of life although there was a significant amount of destruction around the province.
Regina Downtown after the 1912 Tornado.CBC.ca/Sask has some really good archive photos.
Rare mammatus cloud formation with the Regina refinery in the foreground.
Tornado touched down near Mortlach. This photo is by Prairie Fire Photography – look up his site – he takes some amazing photos!
Tuesday was super hot and muggy so it came as no surprise when a thunderstorm rolled in over the hills here. We got an 1 1/2 ” of rain in about 2 hours along with high wind gusts as well as a bout of decent sized hail. One of those gusts picked up a plank on the very top of the scaffolding and tossed it to the other side of the house where it landed about 15 feet from the front door with a smack that scared the heck out of me.
Wednesday was the day of the big forecast for the tornado. The weather networks kept everyone abreast and even the hospital announcement system informed us all of the tornado watch (which fortunately does not mean we need to remain at work). The wind was pretty intense when I left work and I’d been in touch with Spencer during the day as the wind in Vonda blew out the back window of his truck We had left the dogs outside though as the weather had seemed very nice in the morning and fortunately they didn’t do the Toto thing and end up in Kansas. . In Saskatoon the wind picked up Taylor and Alyssa’s brand new BBQ and tossed it around. So needless to say we faced the driveway with a bit of trepidation – easily some scaffolding could have gone through windows.
Serious luck on our side! Two of our patio chairs upside down in the fire pit, an established tree leaning seriously sideways and the wood pile rather scattered. We’ll gladly handle those minor items. Plus all 4 dogs obviously behaved themselves outside during the wind/rain and were very happy to see us home! We had no power but with a gas stove we still managed hot food and cold ice cream cake (good thing the boys ate it all up). Power was restored the following day sometime and the contents of our freezers and fridge survived.
I’m amazed that all the flower pots and flowers survived in one piece including the succulents (which I moved to the patio table to keep away from the cats). We had planted four tomato plants in the garden along with a rhubarb plant and the worst damage seemed to have been to the asparagus (which is in it’s second year and “established”). All of our little stick trees are managing fine.
The weather before and since then has been phenomenally nice! And Canada Day seems to be shaping up for some nice sunshine as well so I’ll close the blog to get back to the painting. I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures I took from yesterday and today.
Here is our progress on the second floor – the siding is all on and in keeping with Canada you can see the red paint and the white primer!!
The benefit to sleeping poorly last night/this morning is some amazing sunrise (plus the fact that I cleaned up my email inbox and did the blog entry)pictures.
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