The weather here in Ottawa has seen a few hot sunny days typical of our summer season, but thunderstorm season would be a much more accurate description. We have had more thunderstorms than usual this summer. The good news is they move in fast and are (usually) gone just as fast.
This picture was taken during one of them. You can see the rain pouring from the corner of the roof as I huddled under its overhang…
Once again I was chased from a client’s garden due to a thunderstorm today. I am averaging at least one thunderstorm per week this summer. There has been a lot more than that, but I am only counting the ones during the day when I am out and about visiting gardens.
I do not mind working in the rain, in fact, rain helps keep me cool and keeps the mosquitoes away from me. Wet gardens are also easier to remove weeds from. If it rains too hard, I seek shelter under an overhang until the rain subsides enough to work in…
Thunderstorms are different though, they make me nervous when I get caught outside in one. I am always worried that if I get struck by lightning, no one would notice or find me since I usually work in gardens where no one is home.
I do love to watch and listen to thunderstorms from the safety of my home though!
Mother Nature definitely outperformed the Ottawa Redblacks and BC Lions football clubs last night with a spectacular thunderstorm. The game was a low scoring one (7-5 for BC) with no touchdowns recorded. There were very few skilled passing or running plays performed by either team, with the roar of a chainsaw announcing a Redblack first down an uncommon sound. The fans enjoyed the game nevertheless, shouting MOOOCHOIR each and every time a “flag on the field/mouchoir sur le terrain” was announced. Unlike the sound of the chainsaw, the MOOOCHOIRs were frequent.
Mother Nature’s contribution to the entertainment caused a rain delay in the fourth quarter, which of course happened just as the Redblacks had moved the ball down the field into field goal range with a late surge of momentum, hoping to add the three points to their score to clinch the victory.
We heard the thunder and saw the lightning as the storm approached the stadium, but we all hoped it would pass us over. As the storm hit with a torrential downpour and gale-force winds that sent sideline advertising sailing onto the field, the officials cleared the field announcing a rain delay, forcing the players and fans to safety.
Like most thunderstorms, it was over quickly and the game continued, but the Redblacks were unable to catch the Lions. Mother Nature had the last laugh today.