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TORONTO MICROBURST: it's not about microbrew

We survived yesterday's weather.  Good grief. Consider this a placeholder until I can pull images from my phone. Toronto hit hard by microburst TORONTO — The National Weather Service said it was a microburst with wind speeds in excess of 60 mph that caused damage throughout the city Monday afternoon.  Fred McMullen, a weather service meteorologist in Moon Township, Pa., said the city was under a severe thunderstorm warning when the storm hit. But radar showed no rotation in the storm, which would have indicated a tornado, he noted. "It hit us hard, but nowhere else," said Mayor John Parker Monday evening. "The temperature also dropped like 10 degrees, maybe a little more, which is consistent with those types of weather events." A building on the 300 block of North Fourth Street lost its roof and part of the facade in the storm, and brick and other debris from the building littered the street and caused damage, some serious, to other buildings and


I tend to think about Clem Schultz whenever I hear the word "tornado".  His story serves as a potent reminder to never take life for granted.  You see, Schultz filmed the 2015 tornado that took away almost everything he held dear. His house, his mementos, and especially his wife were ripped from him. We would not have heard his story at all had he not offered the footage to a meteorology student for use in the student's doctorate studies. The video went viral, thrilling meteorologists while disheartening the average citizen. I recall the story not from the video, but thanks to a particular human interest piece. Suburban Chicago's Daily Herald was only one of the numerous papers that covered the story. It is the piece written by their Susan Sarkauskas that surpasses all else. Ms Sarkauskas humanizes the event, lifting it from tragedy to prove the mettle of the human heart and mind. I don't think anyone else could have done it such justice.  The writ


I have so much to post, and so little time, and so little motivation, and insert excuse here, and here, and here. Rather than attempt it so late at night, here's a throwback to the Cottage.