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Tuesday, June 05, 2007


It's been hot here of late, and even though the temperatures were still up there somewhat, yesterday the afternoon suddenly turned ugly. Black, rolling clouds moved in with high winds and rain/hail. And a tornado was reported just west of our city. Tornado warnings were out then, but it's all clear now. The rain has long since stopped and thankfully we never had to re-live the horror of "Black Friday" and an F5 tornado that did hit our city in July of 1987, when lives were lost and much damage was wrought.

Black Friday

On July 31, 1987, a Friday afternoon in Edmonton Alberta, the worst natural disaster in Canada's history took place. Unsuspecting urban Edmontonians had no idea what was about to happen. This city in western Canada was about to bombarded by a Black Killer Tornado the length of a football field and the width of four city blocks.

The tornado remained on the ground for an hour, cutting a path of destruction 40 kilometres (25 miles) long and up to a kilometre wide in places, and peaking at F5 on the Fujita scale. The tornado killed 27 people, injured more than 300 people, destroyed more than 300 homes, and caused more than $330 million in property damage at four major disaster sites. The loss of life, injuries and destruction of property made it the worst natural disaster in Alberta's recent history and one of the worst in Canada's history.

Since then, there have been other tornados, one 2 years later that was small but hit in the west end of the city, the area I live in. And another that took lives in a campground south of us.

These years since Black Friday I'll admit that Edmontonians don't look at a black sky during hot weather the same. But we were all okay this time, thankfully.

We sure needed the rain we got with that storm too. It's been really dry and dusty, and for the first time I've ever seen in my house, with open windows there is a constant covering of a yellow pollen dust. I'm not even sure what plant/tree it might be from. I'll wipe it all off counters and surfaces just to have to do it all over again a half hour later.

I took this yesterday morning when I was getting ready for work.

This is the window sill in my bedroom. You can see the accumulation of the yellow stuff:

And this is my makeup case (or "warpaint" as I call it) which sits under the window on my vanity table:

After the rain I noticed I stopped having to wipe the shit off so I guess that's what we needed.

And on that note, I need to get some sleep so I'm going back to bed to try again. Maybe I'll get lucky and that sock I stuffed in hubby's throat will have worked to keep him from snoring like a freight train again. LOL

Have a good week everyone, and take care of each other.

Love Jude


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