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Scoffing at the rain

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Bad weather seems to be following us around lately. Throughout our entire trip south and back, there was rain. Jesse, Matt’s little brother and one half of our house sitting duo, texted me on Thursday to tell me the sun was shining and everything was beautiful at home. We enjoyed about three hours of glorious warmth upon our return, and then the next day, woke up to pounding rain.

Sometime Saturday evening/Sunday morning, a severe thunderstorm moved into the area while we were sleeping. Late Sunday morning, I was sitting in the office when Matt called out from the living room:

“Have you read the warning?!”
“No… what warning?”

And then he proceeded to read off something from Environment Canada that included the words “severe”, “hail”, “tornado”, and “take cover”.

I looked outside and the sky was dark. My immediate reaction? I have to go to work.

Yeah, I know — severe weather warning and I want to get out of my pajamas, get in the car, and sit in my rickety office. Thing is, I was gone all week and our office tends to be hot upstairs, cold downstairs. My boss’s office is upstairs, as is mine, and I know he has a tendency to open my window. I was imagining my office flooded with rain, much like our home office. So off I went, promising Matt I would come home if there were tornadoes.

This is what it looked like when I got in my truck.

By the time I got to the office (which is all of a five-minute drive) it looked like this — not a huge improvement, I know, but still… what tornadoes? what hail? what thunderstorm, for that matter?

The weatherman cried wolf. And my office was bone-dry.

While I was there, though, I ended up finishing up some of the work I had left behind unexpectedly last week, so I guess that’s the silver lining to the imaginary raincloud. Thanks, Environment Canada, for motivating me to do my job! Later on in the night they sent out another warning, and this time, the rain happened:

There was all kinds of lightning and thunder after it got dark, until everything died down around bedtime.

What’s the weather like where you are? I’d love to live vicariously through someone who’s actually getting some sunlight…

4 Responses
  • Merri Cvetan
    June 11, 2012

    Hi Shayla, Found you through BYW forum. Interesting blog. We had a tornado come through last summer. We only lost trees, others weren’t so lucky. I work in my home office, I know what you mean about hot! Love to have you check out my blog too. I have a “color style” question.

    • Shayla
      June 11, 2012

      Tornadoes are one thing that we don’t really get around here, though there have been some high winds in the past! I suspect we’re going to have one of those terrible rainy Ontario summers.

      Off to check out your blog! 🙂

  • Catherine
    June 11, 2012

    I’m in Austin, at the very end of Tornado Alley, and we get some pretty bad storms each spring. Last year we had a terrible drought, but this year has been wonderfully wet, though the temperature is creeping up to 99 degrees today. Summer is officially here, in Texas, at least. It will eventually get to the point where it’s so hot it becomes dangerous to be outside for long. That’s the part I hate, especially with two little boys at home.

    • Shayla
      June 11, 2012

      Heatstroke is a terrible thing! I can’t imagine being that hot.

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