The Aftermath of a Storm


….15 day ago we experienced a severe storm with freezing temperatures, high winds, ice pellets and freezing rain

It’s almost incomprehensible to imagine that less than 15 days ago we were witnessing a severe winter storm here in southern Ontario. Today all traces of snow have disappeared, the sun was shining and the temperatures soared to 20 degrees celsius.

On Sunday, April 15th, Lake Ontario looked liked an angry sea with strong crashing waves and many areas that were level with the lake took on water. Luckily where I live most homes and parks are situated high above the lake but the waves were so high and powerful for three days that a lot of debris from the bottom of the lake was washed ashore and sand, gravel and large rocks and boulders were tossed further inland.

Today I took a walk to Col. Samuel Smith Park where there was considerable damage to the man-made beaches on the eastern side of the reclaimed peninsula. I had seen photos of the area soon after the storm and it was evident that the Parks department had already been by and cleared away a lot of the garbage and gathered up the tree trunks, branches and large pieces of rebar and construction materials used to build this park in the first place. Much of the grassy areas are still covered in stones, gravel, bricks, asphalt and concrete remnants.P1060070
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8 thoughts on “The Aftermath of a Storm

    • I’ve lived here a long time and don’t ever remember a storm this strong where the waves did so much damage. We’ve been very lucky when you consider the devastation that nature can have in other parts of the world.

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  1. We can sometimes forget how devastating nature can be. Storms can be really frightening, causing havoc. Climate change is said to be making our weather more unpredictable. The weather here is certainly swinging from one extreme to the other, and although spring has finally arrived it’s dire to think that midsummer is next month.

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    • It feels like we’ve gone from winter directly into summer. I find the extreme rise in temperature makes me lethargic and sluggish. I know that we’ll get back down to more season temperatures in a few days but summer will be in full swing by the end of May.

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