In the spring of the year, it’s kind of a regular thing around here.
After dark, at times, severe thunderstorms will roll through the area. We usually get our first notice from one of the Detroit television stations and their Doppler radar and all the other goodies that they have just for the purpose. Storms seem to either come screaming across the state from Chicago and Grand Rapids or up through Indianapolis and Toledo.
When I went to be last night, I had no notice really. I was watching the hockey game on Sportsnet and I guess bad storms aren’t worthy of reporting. Maybe I should watch it on CBC Windsor.
Earlier in the evening, I happened to be watching something on a Detroit station and they gave their viewers a heads up. Yet, there was nothing to worry about as I looked out the window and headed off to bed. Boy, I was wrong.
Within minutes, it seems, the lightning started and then the thunder. Finally, huge downfalls of rain made its way. The storm seemed to last all night and I’m not sure how much I slept. It didn’t seem like I snoozed much but I must have. When I woke, the patio and yard were just soaked.
The best thing is that #ONStorm was trending on Twitter this morning. I can’t help but marvel that, as a youth, we would have had to go for a drive to see the extent of the local impact of a storm. Or, next week when the town’s newspaper came out.
A most impressive post was this capture of a lightning bolt in Kingsville.
What I found especially neat was the collection of people that were reporting their experiences to the hashtag and the number of storm chasers who were checking in with video and graphics.
During the night, emergency notices came across my phone from Environment Canada and the local emergency service. I’m probably very bad about this; I have my phone on mute during the night.
Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail, and locally intense rainfall are also possible. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Please consult local media for more information.
As it turns out, we didn’t have a monopoly on the storm. It seemed to continue to head eastward. That means that many of you reading this post got a storm of varying proportions.
What was your storm experience? Did you get warning? Do you subscribe to a local emergency notification service?