Old Red Jacket Talker

Just an old RCMP dispatcher’s ramblings . . .

A Little Storm !!

All day Tuesday we were hounded on the radio and tv about tornadoes and crappy weather coming our way. Everywhere we went you kept an eye on the sky as you just didn’t know when it was going to strike.

We were just finishing up supper and the power went out and boom! it started to rain. I went and checked out the front window and was presented with a downpour.

Within a minute or so, the downpour turned into a hurricane (not really, but it seemed like it!).

Then it really started to come down !!!

I knew that it just could not keep up this pace and it didn’t. It started to slow down to just a normal summer rain. The wind came up though and when I quickly took a look in the backyard I knew we were in for ‘a storm’. The flag pole was already bent and the wind was getting stronger.

As the wind and rain started to subside I took another peek out the back and was so thankful that James ‘pride and joy’ was spared. Not by much mind you, but nary a scratch on the beauty.

I moved back to the front of the house and was presented with a big mess on the street . . .

At least the rain had almost stopped, so I grabbed my jacket and headed out to see how the rest of ‘main street’ faired. A quick glance showed that all was not well down the street. I stopped at the bank and took a shot towards the west. That is the bank fence across the sidewalk . . .

Oh great, here is the bank’s garden shed that used to sit in behind the fence. There’s the propane tank that normally resides on the propane bbq which just happens to be sitting in the interestion in a couple pieces. . .

As I slowly started forward I tentatively looked in the bank’s back yard. Yikes!

Now this really didn’t look good at all. This is the Elks’ Seniors building. The steel roof was lived right off and blown about a block away…

Within short order there were people at the Seniors putting up tarps on the roof, other people putting plastic sheets around cars/trucks that had their windows smashed out (6-7 vehicles). I continued my short walk and came across the house just down the street from me. This is looking at the front of the house…

My that tree had small roots for such a big tree!

This is the look from the side of the house . . .

There was more damage throughout the town. Trees down in almost every yard. Some actually fell on roofs. Lots of shingles blown off homes. A 65-70 foot mobile home was moved off it’s foundation, but it stayed upright but of course there will be damage to gas lines and whatnot underneath. I hear out in the country a few farms also got hit fairly hard with predominately wind damage.

But in it all, no one got hurt and that is the best news ever. All in all our power was out for the better part of 12 hours or so. It was out most of the night and then came back on only to crash and go out again in the morning. Even as I started to type this the power went out once, but from the looks of things SaskPower has done a tremendous job getting the Town back up and running.

June 27, 2012 Posted by | Hanley, Weather | 2 Comments

Is It Already Time?

As I was out sitting in the back yard enjoying some of our fine summer weather I was interrupted by a loud squawking above in the sky. Now I do have a purple martin house in the yard and have had a couple pairs setting up ‘house’ throughout the summer so I’m used to the martin’s squawking. However, this was a loud louder and a way more noise than normal.

It seemed like every martin in town came over to visit today and they were circling above my yard. Nope it wasn’t excessively busy with mosquitoes or anything like that and this was about 1:00 p.m. It took me a few minutes and when I glanced at the calendar I knew what was happening.

Yup the martins are getting ready to make their move to southern climes. Already? Gosh it just seems like we started summer and here the birds are getting to leave us for the winter months. By checking back a few years I see that the martins usually start to get ready to depart about this time of August. They are one of the first birds to make the migration south so this is not any earlier than normal.

I hate it when they start to get ready to leave though as I know we are getting the end of our summer. Hopefully though we will have a grand September and October. The good part about that is that usually the mosquito population also takes a nosedive. But in all honesty the mosquitos were not too too bad this year. Maybe a few more than normal, but nothing too bad.

Yup it is closing in on the middle of August and it is that time of the year once again – ‘Already’! 😦

August 9, 2011 Posted by | Birds, Weather | Leave a comment

A Few Posies Made It

Even with the cool weather a few flowers managed to grow in the backyard. . .

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Weird Damn Weather

What strange weather we have been having of late. Heck, this morning at about 11:30 a.m. I went into the washroom at home and ‘what the hell!, the furnace cut in’. I know it was a bit misty this morning at 6:00 a.m. when I went out for my hour walk, but it wasn’t that bad. I certainly didn’t feel it was ‘furnace weather’.

Then this afternoon I was out in the backyard with a tee-shirt on checking out if my grass needed cutting yet or not. Yup, it needs cutting. So the grass is growing already, yet we still need our furnace for heat in the house. I guess this is what the global warming is doing for us 😦

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Spring Might Be Coming

The way the weather has been lately, it has seemed that spring would never arrive in this part of the world.  Lo and behold we have actually had a bit of sun the last couple of days and the snow is melting away.  The forecast is for even warmer temperatures for the rest of the week.

Another sure sign that the weather is changing happened this morning on my early morning walk.  About half way through the walk I heard a faintly remembered sound coming from a tree.  I stopped and looked around and sure enough, high up in the tree sat a solidary robin chirping away.  What a great sound/sight to find on a Monday morning.

My one thought was ‘oh great spring is actually starting to happen’.  Then my thoughts turned to the poor robin.  It is going to be darn hard to find any worms around here for a while as the ground is still frozen solid.  Hopefully the robin will find enough left over berries and whatnot to tide him over until the ground softens up a bit.

What a great way to start off a Monday morning Smile

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Long Winter

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m finding this winter has been exceptionally long. Its not that we have had an excessive amount of blizzards or crappy weather, it just seems to be have started early and has hung on, and on, and on.

Remembering back when I was a kid (13 – 14 years) and having to walk from mom’s place to dad’s which was across the city in March.  This would have been about 1963-65.  Yes I wore a winter jacket, but it was unzipped, no mitts, no togue, and most definitely no winter boots.  Just running shoes.  I can remember the slush and all that, but I also remember the clean sidewalks and open streets.  Not like now, where you can hardly find a clean sidewalk in Saskatoon even though there is a bylaw to ensure the sidewalks are shoveled.  Mom lived on Avenue J just off of 20th Street and dad lived on the eastside by the Grosvenor Park shopping center so it was quite a walk (normally a couple hours).  But at this time of the year (3rd week of March), at least you were getting a sniff of spring.  That just isn’t happening this year or is it just me and old age catching up with me?

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Family, Weather | Leave a comment

Hearts A Tickin

What a nice morning for a walk-a-bout.  When I left it was –6C and the ground was frozen so it was easier to walk then in the mud of the last couple of days.  Not much of a moon out there so it was a bit darker than normal, but the stars were shining brightly.

I started out with a smaller dog come running and snarling at me within 1 minute of starting off.  Neighbour was out with his 3 dogs to let them have a pee break.  They are all smaller type animals.  One of them got loose of his leash and came charging at me snarling away.  At least the neighbour was right there to take control of his dog.   After all I sure didn’t want to put a size 12 down it’s throat so early in the morning Sad smile


I finally got to the far edge of town and was walking up to this one house that has a lot of trees and bush around the doorway.  The streets are quite dark as well.  The owner has a homemade mailbox made out of wood and is fairly large to accommodate a couple days papers.  Just as I reached to drop off the paper his motion light finally came on and out jumped a cat that had been sitting on the mailbox.  The cat headed one way and I looked to head the other way.  Of course my heart was just a racing but at least I didn’t scream. 

I did mutter an obscenity however and had my head on a swivel for the rest of the walk home . . .

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Newspaper, Weather | Leave a comment

Foggy Out There

Holy smokes but is it ever foggy out there this morning.  Then add in the melting that occurred yesterday and it is slippery as all get out.

My paper guy was late again this morning due to the fog.  He also ran into a big old skunk and had a hard time driving with tears in his eyes.  He tried hanging his head out the window but then the tears just froze to his face and he still couldn’t see.  At least after my drop he is on the homeward bound leg of his night  He usually starts at about 10 p.m. and done by 7-8 a.m.

Now I actually get a night off.  My only night of the week that I don’t have to go out and clean.  Then the only day I don’t have to get up early is tomorrow morning.  I’m on a roll Smile

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

It’s Cold Out There

When I got up this morning it was –14.6 C.  Thank goodness the wind went down or it would have brutal on the morning walk.  As it was the coyotes were just howling up a storm this morning.  I would say they were voiced their displeasure with the drop in temperatures.

Other than the coolness it was a nice walk this morning.  Of course it is slippery as all get out with the rain, snow, melting that has gone on for the last couple of days.  So far no falls and I hope it continues that way Smile

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Weather | 1 Comment

This is Not Nice

Old Mother Nature sure spit out raspberries yesterday/last night.  The snow just kept coming, and coming.  Of course there is a real nice inch or two of ice under the snow so it is slippery as all get out.  The wind is still blowing quite strong which is putting a nice crust on the snow banks and slicking up the ice patches even more so.

Needless to say my papers didn’t arrive until 9:20 a.m. which makes it a bit difficult to get them delivered by 7 a.m. Sad smile  While I was waiting I took the snow blower to my driveway and the sidewalks in my area.  I was going great guns until I sucked up a rock and it jammed the impeller.  That was the end of the snow blowing for the morning.  I did get the machine back into the garage and put a heater on it to melt some of the ice and snow so I could see what was wrong.  As soon as I saw the rock I knew I had found the problem.  Once I got a pry bar and a large hammer and removed the rock, then the blower was back in good shape once again. 

By the time I had the blower fixed I figured I’d better get down to the hall and clean off the walkway for the days traffic.  Lots of ice on the sidewalk so I used the scraper and got a fair amount removed.  I’ll pick up some salt today and get rid of the rest.  Right now with the wind blowing so hard there isn’t a lot of sense throwing salt on as it will just blow away.

After that I noticed my papers had just arrived so I headed out at 9:25 a.m for my normal 45 minute walk.  With all the nice slippery roads and snow drifts I didn’t get home until 10:45 a.m.  So 45 minutes took me 80 minutes today.  Of course with all the trudging through the snow, my legs feel like rubber.  I’m sure they’ll be a bit sore tomorrow.

Sandra actually had a appointment in the city today to see a therapist, but with the roads the way they are I just felt it was not worth it so I cancelled it.  I called the office and got another appointment early in November which is actually better for us.

As I’m typing this the sun actually popped out.  Hopefully it will stay out and melt a bit of this darn white stuff for us.  We can only hope anyway.  It will be soon enough that the snow will be here to stay though so we might as well get used to the idea.

October 27, 2010 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment