Ending the week with a bang!

OMG, Cindy is actually posting on her blog, and it’s not just the mystery photo!!  What?? She’s not outside reading??  Something must be wrong!  Well, I heard on the radio today that the average heat wave lasts five days, so I guess after a whole week of extreme heat and humidity like we have had, the conditions became just right for a super duper summer storm to break the humidity.

We had been under severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches all day long, and when I headed to the grocery store after work at 3pm, the skies were looking quite ominous.  Then Daniel called to tell me that it was storming something fierce at home (20 minutes north), so I knew I had to get my butt in gear.  I raced my shopping cart around the store, checked out my groceries and packed them in record time all the while watching as the clouds amassed and the sky became darker and darker, and then I ran to the car to get everything in the trunk just moments before the sky opened up.  On the way home as I drove out of the rain, I stopped on the side of the highway to take these photos of the clouds at the back end of the storm.

Storm 1

Storm 2

Storm 3

Arriving home, I called to the boys to help me unload the groceries from the car because I could tell from the look of the sky north of our house, that we weren’t done yet!  Here are some shots from our back deck.  The clouds were spectacular, and the thunder and lightening were awesome!!

Storm 4

Storm 5

Storm 6

Storm 7

Storm 8

Storm 9

Storm 10

Storm 11

Storm 12

Storm 13

It rained, it passed, it rained again, it passed.  At one point, my hubby called to tell me that he was driving home on a backroad at 10 km/hr with his hazard lights on, and he couldn’t see two feet in front of him.  He said it was just as bad as a whiteout!  Although photos never quite look the same as what we remember, here is one shot of the rain from the safety of our garage.  You can see the tall trees across the street are blowing pretty good.

Storm 14

So, that is how I ended my week with a bang – actually quite a few bangs and flashes – and now since I didn’t get to read outside in the sun today, I am going to curl up on the couch with my book :).  Have a great weekend everyone!

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34 Responses to Ending the week with a bang!

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Wow, Cindy, that is some storm. Your photos of the clouds are excellent and really do convey the ferocity.
    Hope all the animals are safely housed and you’ve got a strong roof.

    • Thanks Vicki. I always love the build up before a storm because that’s when you get all the fantastic cloud formations. I’m one of these crazy ones who stands out there watching – I love storms!! We were one of the lucky areas yesterday. We didn’t lose power or have any damage, but many areas did and are probably going to be spending today cleaning up :(.

  2. bulldog says:

    This looks quite a serious storm… please tell me you don’t live in the belt that gets the tornadoes… they frighten the katookies out of me… I’d rather face an enrage lion than one of those tornadoes that strike the Americas… the Lion I could handle those storms one can’t…

    • Oooh, I love storms – in fact Mike and I would love to be storm chasers! However, I say that now, but if I was faced with a funnel cloud right in front of me, I would probably need a change of pants LOL! Although it’s not near as bad here as it is down in the USA, we do in fact live in what is referred to as Tornado Alley. Through the years there have been severe tornados all around us, but our little town has thankfully never been hit (being superstitious I am touching wood when I say that :)). By the way, I love love love your word “katookies” LOL!!

      • zannyro says:

        OK sweet pea…….I’m just an amateur…but isn’t that an anvil shape on the left at the bottom of that cloud? And on the forth one…that looks like the start of an “elephant’s trunk” vortex……..I’m REALLY, REALLY glad that you are all ok….that was some SUPER NASTY WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have been in the basement….did you buy any chips at the grocery?

      • I know right? They were super crazy clouds but don’t worry – no tornados!! Lots of people in town were in their basements, but not me. I was out taking pictures and too busy to go and buy chips LOL. As I’ve mentioned in other comments, we were really lucky here. Other areas of Ontario had pretty serious damage from these storms. Thanks for being concerned about us Suzanne. That’s so sweet :).

    • zannyro says:

      OK….I have to know…what’s a “katookie”?

  3. David Hall says:

    Great post Cindy.

  4. beckyday6 says:

    Whoa, sounds like you had a day of James Bond style escapades, racing against the weather, the elements and time itself! *dunn na da na da naaa naaaaa, daaaa na, dananaaaaaaaaaaaaaa*

    LOL. Awesome pics. 😀

  5. dogear6 says:

    Those clouds were incredible! We had a similar rain come through Virginia a few weeks ago – it was like snow out there the way it formed and hit. This is not a tornado alley, but we do get them. A few miles west of us was wiped out several years ago because of a tornado.


    • The weather certainly seems to be getting more and more violent lately doesn’t it? It seems like a day doesn’t go by without news reports about damage from severe weather – tornadoes, flooding, mud slides, hurricanes. The list goes on and on. Maybe movies like The Day After Tomorrow aren’t so far out after all!

  6. Phil Lanoue says:

    I think one of those is a roll cloud. Harmless but looks cool! Terrific pics!

  7. megtraveling says:

    Beautiful pictures – the clouds look very powerful!

  8. TBM says:

    Goodness. Glad all is well. We had thunder and lightening here this morning so I couldn’t get up early for my run. Dang.

  9. benzeknees says:

    Those are some fierce clouds!

  10. Whooooah!!! crazy weather!!! What is going on the weather?? Lucky you made it home in time!! 😀 **

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