Okay, so last Sunday our area was under a tornado watch while I was by myself with the kids. Thankfully nothing actually happened and we were all safe and sound.
Today the clouds were looking quite nasty to the north-east of us, but I wasn't really concerned since most of our storms come from the west. Joelle saw some lightning in these thick, dark clouds this morning and got so concerned that she just had to phone our neighbours who happened to be in the city doing some shopping. I figured if that would help calm her nerves, I would let her phone them and warn them that there was a thunderstorm off in that direction. I think it's terribly sweet how she wanted to 'protect' her friend like that.
Our day today has been filled with a mix of sun and cloud -- but no rain and not even much wind, which is unusual for these parts. And in the sun it was quite warm. So all in all, a fairly pleasant day.
Until around 5:00.
The phone rang and my cousin -- who lives four doors down from us -- was calling to let us know that two of our other neighbours both saw a tornado touch down right close to our little neighbourhood.
Yes, it's true. Two different sightings of the same tornado probably within 5kms of our little yard. Jenn was outside with me and our kids when I got the phone call. So after I hung up and filled her in, we walked to the back of the yard to scope things out.
As we looked towards the south -- the direction the tornado was spotted -- we were in awe of what we saw. I wish I had my camera with me; it would've been an awesome picture.
It's the most bizarre thing I've ever seen. We actually s-a-w the tornado in the distance. But the strange thing about it was that it looked like it wasn't even moving. It appeared to be paused, as if it was just waiting for someone to un-pause it so it could return to its destructive action.
But thankfully instead of it 'coming back to life', we saw it start to dissipate.
Another one of our neighbours came outside to tell us that she saw a tornado warning and that one was headed right for us. As I gathered up my family to head inside, I took a moment to check the weather network. It turns out the tornado that she was warning us about was the one that had already passed. Phew!
I am really not sure how I am going to make it through another summer of tornado watches; especially now having actually seen one with my own eyes. Joelle was already getting really freaked out today as all of the neighbours were congregating in each other's yards talking about the incident.
I think I'm going to set up summer sleeping arrangements in the basement....