By now, you may have read stories such as this about the type of weather we’ve been getting this summer in Calgary and right across the Prairies.
It takes some getting used to and it surprised me when I first moved out here from Ontario. It’s been over a year since that happened and now when I hear about hail or thunderstorms coming, it’s like I’ve become more accustomed to it.
This year has helped me become acclimatized. In July, we had so much more rain that usual and I heard on the news that we had 19 thunderstorms, so it was a month for the ages.
Recently, I was heading out to the Magrath Golf Club and an extreme weather warning came over the radio for the exact spot I was in. I was in my car at 6 p.m. and it was still 30 C, so it was far from comforting to think about what I was driving into that evening.
When the warnings come about hail, nobody seems to get too concerned. I get the golf ball-sized hail that you hear about, but last year during the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows, it came down like l had never seen before. Some reports said there was tennis ball-sized hail.
Mark Calcavecchia tweeted out a photo from his hotel room in downtown Calgary and it looked like a beautiful snowstorm in August, but it was actually hail.
Because of all the visits I’ve been making to Mickelson National, which is now under construction, I bought a pickup truck that had hail damage to it. It wasn’t major damage, just dimples everywhere.
The good thing for golf is that a lot of the wild weather is taking place at night, but for a guy not used to that kind of weather, this year has been a big learning experience when it comes to thunderstorms, hail and torrential rain.