Weather Photo Stories

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This page is for pictures that I have taken which have some kind of meaning to them. Choose a story:

Guelph Tornado

Summer Surprise

Hurricane Andrew

December 2000 Snowstorm

Guelph Tornado, July 17th, 2000

On this day, there were thunderstorms in the area all day, and I didn't like the fact that I had to go to work that evening since I wanted to stay home and watch what was going on. When it was between 8:00 and 8:30 pm, I had no idea what was happening in Guelph, Ontario at that moment, until I went outside for my break. I am in the Western Greater Toronto Area and when I went outside, I saw a massive storm to our West-Northwest. It was almost sunset and the tops of the clouds looked awesome. I went to the grocery store and bought one of those disposable cameras because I couldn't resist the temptation of getting a picture of this storm. Even customers from our store stopped outside to take in the view as lightning was lighting up the storm every few seconds. The storm never did come our way however, it just moved to our south. The tornado was measured to be an F2 on the Fujita scale and it went through one of the newer neighbourhoods. These are the pictures I got:

After the storm moved by, we were treated to a nice sunset as things calmed down:

A couple of days later, July 19th, 2000 to be exact, The Globe and Mail had this article in their newspaper: (click it to read)

Summer Surprise, August 4th 1999

One day during the summer of 1999, I was outside at a friends house and a very large cloudbank was approaching us from the west. It wasn't very wide but it extended from horizon to horizon. As it got closer, it became more apparent that there wasn't really any rain in it but it was churning and it looked very turbulent as it approached. My friends were playing a game of hockey on the street but I couldn't take my eyes off of this cloud. I even said to my friends that something wasn't right about this cloud. It looked very menacing and something about it just gave me an uneasy feeling that something was wrong. When it finally went over top of us, there were a few raindrops that came downand they were very large. It was clear that this cloud was still developing because when it passed us, the rainsheet in the cloud expanded and covered the sky to our east. At this time, I had to tell my friends that I would be right back because I just had to go home and take a picture of this sky. Later that day, I found out that a tornado did actually touchdown, very briefly, in the city of Burlington, Ontario, which is not that far to our west, also, as this storm moved into Toronto, there were several severe thunderstorm warnings as it continued to develop. Anyway, here are the pictures that I did manage to get of this storm when it was to our east:

Hurricane Andrew

Back in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, my family and I happened to be in Florida at that time. We first heard about it as we were driving down to Florida. Once we were in the state, we stopped off at a friends house for the night before heading down towards the Clearwater, Florida area. They were telling us that there wasn't much to worry about with Hurricanes in this state, "just play some cards to pass the time and stay inside" was the advice they gave us. A day or so after we arrived in the clearwater area, they had issued a Hurricane Warning and a Tornado Watch for our area, as well as the southern half of the state. People were at the supermarkets, stocking up on supplies like crazy while we were just enjoying our vacation as if nothing was happening. sleeping was a bit restless for us since we didn't know what we may wake up to the next day. When it did go over the southern part of the state, it missed our area but we could see it to the south very distinctly and we did experience many spinoff storms from it as well. The neatest part of the whole experience was when it was moving offshore to our south, the suction of water in the storm caused the water levels to drop drastically in our area. The sandbars emerged and you could walk along them. As it pulled out over the Gulf of Mexico, it turned more northward and I did manage to get a couple of shots of it that day as it went by over the water. There were many people that came out in the evening to take advantage of the surfing conditions along the coast. These pictures were from the balcony of our condo:

December 2000 Snowstorm

On December 18th, 2000, we got hit by an impressive snowstorm. It was the first one of the season and they were calling it a "Weather Bomb", which is met by certain criteria. It started snowing in the afternoon and if it hadn't been for the strike at York University that year, I would have been stuck in it since I had an exam scheduled that evening. As the evening wore on, the snow got more and more intense. After about 9 or 10 pm, a thunderstorm hit (yes I mean thunderstorm). There were several flashes of lightning and some even hit close by since the thunder was extremely loud at times. As the center of the Low Pressure area crossed over us, the winds picked up full force and there were whiteout conditions. I looked outside my window and I could barely even see the street a few feet in front of our house. I felt sorry for anyone caught outside at that time. I know that some of you are probably saying "big deal" or "Thats nothing compared to what happened here", but I want you to keep in mind that this is the Toronto, Ontario area and we barely ever see conditions like these during a snowstorm. This stuff happens in this area maybe once every other year and when it does, we aren't fully prepared for it. Anyway, the next morning was the calm after the storm and I took a couple of shots around our house. I believe there was about 25cm of snow that fell that night and most of it started to drift from the winds. Here are the pictures: