oh the weather outside was frightful
Crazy weather day today. It started with an email from our farm share farmer – the one who has had such a tough year already. They’d just gotten out from under the bad weather in the early summer and we’d gotten a couple of really nice deliveries. They had a long and pretty severe hail storm last night that produced quarter inch hailstones and really destroyed much of their crops. Again, the difficulties of farming, and the fact that a season’s harvest can be wiped out by a single stroke of bad luck is really brought home by all of this. The pictures of the watermelons and squash and tomatoes with hail damage were pretty heart breaking.
We didn’t get any hail where we are, but it did rain most of the day today. Early this afternoon, I was walking through the reference room of the library when I heard the rain. Except that I heard the rain inside. Which is generally not where you want to be hearing the rain, especially not in a library. There were leaks along the windows in the room, and a couple in the middle of the room and in the front lobby. Those have been reported and looked at and the water has been cleaned up, but it’s still worrisome.
Later this afternoon, I heard from a friend across the country that there was a tornado in Minneapolis. I checked and saw that there was a tornado warning in the suburb where Chris works. Chris was pretty surprised by that news when I called him since he’d not heard anything about it. It didn’t hit that suburb. Instead, the tornado hit south Minneapolis, downtown Minneapolis (and then north of Minneapolis, too). We live in south Minneapolis (technically southwest, but we’re only 8 blocks into the southwest part). According to the reports, there were no warnings issued – it just caught everyone by surprise and that may be the scariest part.
The tornado is reported to have touched down about 15 blocks from our house and then move north into downtown. It damaged the church in downtown Minneapolis where Chris and I were married (the damage was relatively minor, just to the steeple).
I work 40 miles south of Minneapolis, and normally it doesn’t seem so far away, but today it did. It was hard reading the early reports that listed damage in areas that are an easy walk from the house. So hard not to be able to just get out there and see what, if any, damage there was to our our house.
Turns out there was no damage. Not to our house or our yard or our neighborhood. Apparently our street was something of a river for a while, but the water cleared out pretty quickly. When I got home, though, there was no idication whatsoever that there might have been a strong storm earlier. Well, other than the helicopters I kept hearing just to the east of us, presumably taking pictures of the areas with damage.
After dinner, Zoe and I went for a walk, Zoe hoping for puddles to jump in, me just wanting to see if the neighborhood was ok. It was a gorgeous evening. The sky was clear and the air was clear and still and cool. Hardly anyone was out when we first headed out – any other cool summer night, there would have been a ton of people about. By the time we got to the lake there were a few more people out. And no visible damage that I saw, though we walked west – the opposite direction from the area that was hit. There were also no good puddles for jumping in.
The most recent reports I’ve read say that there are no reports of injuries or deaths, which is amazing.