Friday, June 15, 2012


Bear anticipated that our tornado warning of earlier today was NOT going to amount to much. And it has not. (See, Bear knows how to tell the weather!)

Tornado watch for:
City of Saskatoon

Tornado watch ended for City of Saskatoon

That's what I mean.

To be fair, the sky way north of the city got very dark . And we could see ominous flashes of lightning, which were unusually brilliant in the sky.

But above us, sunshine. Sunshine the whole time. The wind picked up a bit. J said there was a huge rain storm on the west side of the city (where she does volunteer work with seniors). But at the Bears' cave in the trees? Nothing. Nada. Nyet!

Thanks to those of you who shared concerns. 

Had things become a bit challenging, we could have hidden in the solid block walls of the stairwell, which is right beside our apartment. The whole building is made of reinforced concrete, so it's collapse was unlikely. The biggest problem would have been flying glass and other debris — we have some big windows. But that would't have gotten into the stairwell.

Now, back to our regularly-scheduled programming.

Blessings and Bear hugs, everyone.


The Bipolar Diva said...

Glad you're ok!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - I feel dumb here - I didn't think you all had tornadoes - not sure why I thought that. Glad you were okay. sandie

lotta joy said...

Just to show you...I didn't know Canada had tornadoes, or anything bad...well, there's the cold and snow, but I'm just sayin'.

Rob-bear said...
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Rob-bear said...

Hi, folks.

OK, just so you know, our land and weather are similar to that of Kansas, the Dakotas, and the other Plains States. Think of the Dakotas the southern extension of Canada, and you'll have things clear. In fact, much of the Dakotas and Minnesota (as far south as Minneapolis) used to be Canadian (well, British) a long time ago.

Anyhow, there were no tornados near us. This time. But this general area has experienced about 60 tornadoes over the past 40 years. Places south of us get even more.

The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) says several funnel clouds were spotted west of us today. The hospitals in River City declared a code T, which means staff and visitors were asked to stay inside and patients were moved into the centre of their rooms. Emergency rooms were also cleared to make room for potential casualties.

Now you know a whole lot about tornadoes up here — probably more than you wanted to know.

Rubye Jack said...

Around here the TV plays up those weather warnings so very much. They make it sound like impending death is on its way in with the winds, but then maybe we get a bit of rain. They always make me scared and I tell myself don't listen to them but inevitably I get upset every time.

Glad you had a bit of not much of anything.

A Lady's Life said...

I am so happy the weather got better.
Here in BC I am soo tired of the rain. It's like nothing ever changes.

Rob-bear said...

® The Bipolar Diva: Thanks, Diva Teri!

® Chatty Crone: We get a tornado or two most years.

® lotta joy: Prefer snow and cold to a tornado any day. You can go outside and play in the snow. Not true for tornado time.

® Rubye Jack: I don't know where you would get any shelter in your area. Maybe in a ditch or gully somewhere? We don't have storm shelters here, but I think the stairways in the apartment building would be good protection.

® A Lady's Life: Thanks. My wife, from North Van., taught me all about BC rain years ago. Still, I don't think I'd mind living on the we(s)t coast. Though I've noticed that, after holidaying there, my feet are a bit more webbed than before.

betty said...

glad all are safe!!


Rob-bear said...

® That corgi: Thanks, Betty.

That gentleman's lady said...

Oh hide from it!

On the other hand, a friend and I got a right bollocking. Two years ago when there was a tornado watch everyone else went into hiding while we walked to a building with large floor to ceiling windows on the first floor and watched for it.

Sadly it remained just a warning :(

DJan said...

I'd rather be in YOUR part of the world than in Kansas. Don't you have more hills and stuff? And less corn? :-)

Rosaria Williams said...

Good news!
Hope the weather cooperates for Father's Day. How are you celebrating?

Diana said...

Glad to hear all is well Bear. It's been so, so dry here. A good rain would be very welcome.
We have a weather radio. The husband made me get one.
Love Di ♥

cheshire wife said...

I am sure that was a relief. It would be good if they could get our forecast that wrong but rain, rain and more rain seems to be easy to get right.

The Blog Fodder said...

West Central SK had many tornado sightings, huge rains and devastating hail which destroyed any number of gardens

ReformingGeek said...

Tornadoes are beary scary. I'm so glad you didn't have to become acquainted with the stairwell!

susan said...

Other than being in a cave there are probably few safer places than being in a highrise during a tornado - tucked away from the glass, of course.

My usual weather reports are of the analog variety. I look out the window or open the balcony door. One restaurant here has a weather rock outside. If it's wet it's raining; if it's dry the sun is shining; if it's white it's snowing; if you can't see it there must be fog.

Frances said...

It's pretty scary when a weather report is filled with menace. I am very glad that Mother Nature sent the funnels elsewhere, and glad that your building has some hidey places.

Bear, I do think that we've seen many more tornado reports in the past year than I ever remember in past years. Some say this is because recent housing developments in previously barren land are courting the reporting of tornadoes that have always passed through these areas.

What's that bit about something happening in a forest and no one being there as witness?


Golden Eagle said...

I'm glad to hear that nothing happened tornado-wise!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I used to live in tornado country (Illinois, Indiana, Florida) but now live on the Front Range of Northern Colorado. Not too many tornadoes this close to the mountains, but we're experiencing the worst wildfire (High Park Fire) in Colorado history.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Tornadoes scare me. I'm glad I live someplace that gets them very rarely.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've been around plenty of tornadoes over the years and I have to admit, they scare me to death. All that power wrapped in one funnel...

I'm glad it didn't happen.

farawayeyes said...

Tornadoes - scary things. At one time in my life I lived in an area prone. Don't want to do that again. Of course when 'de hurricanes' come...

A friend in the States asked me 'what's your evac plan?"

Reply - 'It's an island - there is no evac plan. You just hunker down and wait it out.

Hilary said...

I'm glad there was nothing sinister happening in your neck of the woods.