Where I live we suffered through a long winter and a spring that progressed at a barely discernible pace. The weather always gives us something to talk about here in Saskatchewan, mostly in a worried or complaining tone, but summer did eventually show up, just as it always has.
Now we are in those glorious days where the sunshine never seems to end. The sun rises at 5 AM and sets at 9 PM. The birds start singing at 4 and don’t stop until 10. And we still have a month to go until the longest day.
Meanwhile, we hear that Gander, Newfoundland, at the far east end of Canada, had a freak snowstorm Monday, dumping 60 cm of heavy white stuff. For those who don’t speak metric, that is a whole two feet. Those poor people!
Then we heard of the tornado in Oklahoma – homes, schools, a hospital reduced to rubble, many lives lost. That puts a different light on our little woes. No lives were lost in Gander, all the buildings are still standing. The snow will soon be only a memory and life will go on as usual.
The worst tornado in Saskatchewan history, the worst in all of Canada, happened in 1912 in Regina. The funnel cloud went through downtown and a large residential area, causing immense amounts of damage and taking 28 lives. We have never had anything like it in the 100 years that followed. Last year we had 33 tornadoes in our province, a record. Most of them were small and occurred in places where they did no property damage. There have been no lives lost in Saskatchewan due to tornadoes for many years.
I suppose that comes from living in a more northern climate, where the heat does not build up to the intensity it does in places like Oklahoma. Maybe snow isn’t so bad after all.
I think we had better stop complaining about the weather we have here and start praying for all those in Oklahoma, and elsewhere, who have lost homes and loved ones. May God grant a special grace through the coming days.