Not far from where I live, there’s a storm water facility that doubles as a habitat for water birds and is also a pretty pleasant park. Well, because of the heavy rain (see my other post about it here), it flooded. And I took a video!
It was quite the scene when I went down there. But this is the purpose of the pond. It provides a place for storm water to go, and prevents flooding at street level in the neighbourhood. Many of the newer neighbourhoods have this kind of planning. Smart idea, isn’t it?
At this very moment, the second severe thunderstorm in the last couple hours is coming through. Strong wind, heavy rain, and very loud thunder accompanying the lightning which has been striking very near here. I recorded some of the first storm on video and posted it on YouTube. Have a look.
While that storm is done, the second one is going through now. The wind was so strong that it made me wonder if there was a tornado. I found out that the tornado that passed through Edmonton in 1987 actually went through the neighbourhood I live in, only about two or three hundred metres from here!
The weather today is crazy. But I love storms. Do you?
As is typical for Edmonton weather, we have another thunderstorm. The forecast says thunderstorms all day until about 11 pm. This is the sky right now:
Nice, huh? The clouds are behaving like a very slow boil. They’re moving around a bit, but slowly. It’s interesting to look at, but since it’s started raining, it’s hard to see how the clouds really look.
Well, tomorrow is Canada Day, and we’re hoping to see some fireworks. Thankfully, the forecast is good for tomorrow. But it’s the only good day over the next six days. Every other day is expected to be stormy.
It’s a good thing my daughter now says she likes thunderstorms. She’s not afraid during the day.
I’ve said before that I love thunderstorms. Well, look at this forecast.
That hourly forecast is for tomorrow. Basically, we have more than a week of thunderstorms ahead of us. We’re supposed to go to Elk Island National Park this Saturday. I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
Do you like this kind of forecast?
Watch this video. Watch it all the way through. There’s a surprise ending you may enjoy.
It was an interesting night. She refused to go into her bedroom or the master bathroom. She could see lightning. She fell asleep on our bed with my arms around her and her face buried in my chest. She was scared!
Funny thing that I didn’t mention is that my mom was sitting near the window, and my wife told my daughter that she was a superhero because she’s close to the window. My daughter said she can’t be a superhero. Only Daddy is a superhero.
I guess I’m her superhero.
I hope you enjoyed the video. Comments are always welcome!
Look at this cloud.
If you ask me, it has a dragon head and a body with its wings folded up. It looks like a baby dragon.
What do you think it looks like? Let me know in the comments below.
You may remember that I love thunderstorms. One thing I love about Edmonton is that there are thunderstorms often in summer. Well, last night, while I was sitting in the living room, a strong wind suddenly came, and dark clouds moved in. I went outside and this is what I saw.
Very dark! The weather news said a thunderstorm was moving along the south side of the city and coming in this direction. I was very interested in seeing some lightning. It didn’t happen. It rained, but no lightning. I was disappointed. The dark clouds came, but they didn’t deliver.
Tonight, there’s a 40% chance of thunderstorms again. Not great odds, and I don’t expect it to happen.
Anyone else like thunderstorms?
Last night, I checked the Aurora Forecast app on my phone. This is what I saw:
I’m at the red pin position. All that red just to the north. Well, a quick check outside revealed a faint aurora all over the sky. There were a lot of lights around, so it wasn’t very bright. I told my wife that we could see aurora outside, and we quickly went out. We took my sister’s car to the next neighbourhood over, which is right on the edge of the city, and we went into a park under construction. No lights. The result? Amazing aurora. Best I have ever seen.
We came back home, and my wife got her camera. Turns out we could’ve just gone to the park near the house and it was nearly as good. And she took pictures. Here are a couple she took.
It was green! We could see that it was green with the naked eye, but the camera captured it wonderfully. But I really like the next picture.
Aurora and city lights with a pond reflection. Although it’s somewhat blurry, that’s what you get when you don’t have a tripod and have a longer exposure.
And you know what? There’s a possible repeat performance for the next two nights.
Did you see the northern lights last night? Have you ever seen it? Let me know in the comments below.
A lot of it, please.
I see clouds, but I wonder if it will rain. The forecast says there’s a chance of rain tonight, but I worry it’ll be a thunderstorm. That would mean a chance of even more fires. Just rain, please.
The jets have been active tonight. I counted six individual jet contrails in the sky. Very interesting.
And there was a nice sunset.
I hope you enjoyed April. Coming up is a very warm start to May!