It's been about 6,000 degrees celcius here in Ottawa for the last few days. Okay, more like 36C with the humidex. It had to break soon and severe thunderstorms were called for our area.
Around 4:30, the kids were running the sprinkler when we noticed some dark clouds and really loud thunder headed our way. Frightened, they all wanted to go in, so we did. Alex was freaking out because he had left his t-shirt on the grass. I ran out to get it and looked out into our back field. The wind was insane and the rain was like a sheet headed toward us. Just above the trees I could see something - I still can't describe it. It wasn't round like you see on TV. More like a wall of yard waste and wind.
I ran back in and told the kids to sit in the hall by the bedrooms. John was in our room and I ran in and yelled "I think there's a tornado coming!" and he didn't believe me. So I pulled open the vertical blinds (we have a patio door leading to our deck from our room too) and yelled "Then what the fuck is that!?"
"Everyone downstairs into the basement!" John yelled.
Well, living in a "rambler" (a bungalow that takes about ten minutes to get from one end to the other), we reached the basement steps just in time to see it going right over us. I could see our tent arbour, which was screw nailed into the deck, blowing up. Lauren said she saw one once and it was like going through a car wash. Best description ever.
When we heard that everything had stopped, we came back up.
Last year, John and I needed couples therapy putting that thing together!
Where's the top you ask?
Why, it's in front of the house!
See the wash out? That's from about 2 minutes of rain.
John's Dad and Uncle were in the barn when it happened and not one drop of rain fell on them. They said they saw the arbour top fly over the house after it went through. It just sort of spit it out.
Not much else was damaged. You can see a clear path where the little weather system went through. All of the grass and flowers lean that way. Almonte saw no rain during that time and we live 7km out of town.
Freaking cool. Freaking scary!