On Tuesday evening, I heard rain pelting against the window and through the drops you could see the trees bending with the wind, which wasn’t the case when I opened the back door to retrieve a lawn chair.
At that point, you couldn’t even see the trees that line the back of the yard due to the driving sideways rain.
The ferocity of the storm was alarming, but its arrival shouldn’t have been a surprise since I already knew about this lightning strike that resulted in injuries happening earlier in the day just a few miles to the southeast.
About 25 miles northwest of here, this EF-2 Toronto was destroying homes in Angus, Ont.
That’s how Southern Ontario spent that late spring evening and as things began to settle down, I reflected back on a storm that hit Toronto in 2013, causing flooding and extensive damage, including some golf courses.
That came not long after the grandaddy of floods hit Southern Alberta. The first anniversary, which will surely be remembered if not celebrated, takes place this weekend.
In discussions I’ve had with blogger Tiffany Gordon, that anniversary is on people’s minds and who can blame them, with the devastation that hit Calgary and surrounding areas?
The last thing they wanted to hear, but needed to hear at the same time, were reports such as this one from CBC with news that more areas in Southern Alberta were declaring states of emergency in the present.
You can see more here.
The first casualty in such extreme weather events is perspective. Somehow, we’re got to find a way to move past such events, yet respect their ferocity and frequency these days.
Never was it more true that society in general, and the microcosm that is golf, has to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.