Sunday, June 04, 2017

Keeping an eye on a tornado

From the Times Colonist (Canadian Press photo, by Cecilia Wessels)

Man who mowed lawn with tornado behind him says he 'was keeping an eye on it.'

I could not resist the photo (nor could many people on Twitter, which is where I found it).
THREE HILLS, Alta. — A photo of a man in Alberta mowing a lawn with a tornado swirling behind him has been causing a storm on social media.  Cecilia Wessels snapped the picture of her husband, Theunis, on Friday evening as the twister passed near their home in Three Hills. 
She said cutting the grass was on her husband's to-do list, and as he started the task, she went for a nap. 
Wessels said she was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was upset that there was something like a tornado in the sky, but her father wouldn't come inside.  Theunis Wessels said the tornado was actually much further away than it appears in the photo, and that it was moving away from them. 
There have been no reports of injuries from the tornado, although some other photos show downed trees and a barn with its roof ripped off... 
Theunis Wessels said he was keeping watch of his surroundings and saw the twister form as the swirling connected from the sky and the ground to form the funnel.... "It looks much closer if you look in the photo, but it was really far away. Well, not really far, far away, but it was far away from us," he said. "I was keeping an eye on it.

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