It was difficult trying to get out last week. Everyday the weather decided to do something new. We ended up rescheduling our paint out from Monday to Thursday July 10th. I headed out around 9 A.M. on a bright sunny day. It’s an hour drive out to Kingsville, if you stop for coffee, and I MUST stop for coffee! It was so sunny that I had to cover my left arm and face or I would have fried. Looking ahead of me the scene was very different. I was headed south to Lake Erie, and the clouds were dark, ominous and massive. What to do? It looked clear to the west, and that’s the direction the storms come from, so I continued. I was also concerned that someone else might be headed out there too, as the leader I had to be there to greet them.
As I pulled into the parking lot at Lakeside park it was just sprinkling. Maybe it would blow over? Then it hit! A deluge, I was thinking we may have to build an ark! I started to text our members telling them it was a washout. Most would be coming from the lovely sunny northern part of the county, so they, like me would be unaware of the storm. One member, Wendy, was at the outskirts of town when the storm hit. She had voice to text on her phone and told me it was not bad at the edge of town. By the time she got to the lake it had blown over. But the news she brought was a bit disconcerting. She thought she saw a funnel cloud over the lake on her way to me. Well, we found out later on the news she did indeed see a funnel cloud. In fact there were several of them that touched down on the lake that morning. They call them water spouts. They pull the water up into the air and it can cause very bad flooding on land. They are not as strong as a tornado, but can be dangerous to boaters.
We hunkered down in the park’s gazebo to paint just in case it started to rain again.