Post by Carina Spring.
Stand By For The Weather…
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather, and autumn’s best of cheer.”
Helen Hunt Jackson
This is the last weekend of the summer, and what a send off. We couldn’t have asked for a more radiant Saturday.
We were so lucky this summer. The weather here was wonderful – lots of sunny, hot spells and soft breezes – basically, the kind of weather I love most. I mean really, really love. (Honestly, the air conditioner doesn’t get much use around our home).
Even when it rained, the storms lasted only a few hours, maybe a day or two, and then we were back to heat and sunshine for a good stretch of time. The thing that was strange, though, is that the storms we did have seemed to be so powerful.
We had very few ‘soft summer rains’.
So, while most of the days were like this…
the storms that came and went were electrically charged, with strong winds, and heavy rains belting down rather fiercely. You could see plenty of evidence of these powerful storms in the lake region near Winnipeg: Felled trees and branches throughout the area. Parts of the main beach at Winnipeg Beach were closed off for the whole season due to the damage.
In fact, one afternoon out at the lake, when we were inside, a crack of thunder pierced the air so loudly that I froze (ears covered- ouch). It seemed to keep on going… a white light iluminating the whole room while the force of the sound seemed to rattle everything.
When the storm was over, we went outside to see what had happened. Remarkably, there wasn’t any significant damage. None! Yet the lightning must have struck extremely close. We thought for sure we would find a charred tree outside the door!
There have even been several tornadoes in the province (…not entirely unusual in the prairies). One funnel cloud touched down in southwestern Manitoba for around three hours. Now that is rare. In Canada, funnel clouds normally only touch down for a few minutes, at most. The tornado lashed trees, farmlands, and roads. Miraculously, despite its duration, it did not go through any towns or cities, and caused no major injuries.
We also had a funnel cloud touch down near Winnipeg Beach. They call it a waterspout when a tornado happens on the water. This one also briefly made it’s way to land. Again, thankfully, no one was hurt and there was only minimal damage.
I am so glad that there were no major injuries caused by the severe weather, though the trend is worrisome.
Have you experienced any extreme weather in your area?
When I look back on summer 2015, though, soft warm winds are what I will remember most.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to share my next post with you!