On Wicked Weather, Community, and Life

Yesterday we had some wicked weather. It had been hot and humid all day which is not typical Saskatchewan weather. Indeed, it was so muggy that I felt like I was back in Hamilton (minus the smog of course!) And then in the early evening, the clouds rolled in. The storm chasers were out as almost the entire province was under a tornado warning.

So what do the fine residents of 5th ave in Caronport do? Why we stand out on the street and watch the storm roll in! Nevermind that this one cloud (in the picture above) was a rotating swirling violent cloud. Nope until the fire truck sirens went off we all stood and stared.

At the sound of the sirens we all scurried into our houses and down to the basements…for a few minutes anyway. The cloud quickly passed, and we were back out on the street staring up into the heavens. Adults, kids, babies. Some of us had cameras in hand; others had glasses of wine.

Meanwhile across the highway, not more than twenty minutes to the south, an actual tornado had formed:

According to the storm chasers it stayed on the ground for about ten minutes.

And then the thunderstorm came, full of fury and lightning, thunder and hail. Once more we ran into our houses. But as soon as the rain passed, out we all came again.

What a strange way to build community.

A wicked and potentially devastating storm draws out the neighbours. Community and conversations were abundant in a way that I have not yet experienced in this town. Even neighbours who are rarely seen out made an appearance. And with school finished tomorrow, families will be leaving on vacation, the town will get even more quiet than it already is since the college kids left in April. So, for a few short hours, the threat and thrill of the storm allowed the residents of 5th ave to share in one last block party.

  • http://thesixdayrace.blogspot.com B.R.

    Amanda,
    Thanks for this scary-beautiful post. It’s true – impending danger brings the neighbors out from behind their doors. It happened when hurricane Irene hit NJ. The last photo you posted was awesome – the clouds look like a wavy ocean – the world turned topsy-turvy!

    Cameras and glasses of wine – lenses for all!

  • http://www.ortlundsincanada.blogspot.com Erin

    I think Scott Peck had a book, or at least a chapter about this. He wondered why it was that disaster or danger brings people together so well and how that could be recreated in peaceful times.

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