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Jason Dunn
06-06-2007, 11:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.jasondunn.com/calgary-storm-410' target='_blank'>http://www.jasondunn.com/calgary-storm-410</a><br /><br /></div>This is completely off topic, but I had an eventful evening last night and I thought the readers of this site might get a kick out of reading about it. Here's part of the story... <br /><br />&quot;<em>The thunder continued to boom, over and over, and the lightning strikes blazed in the sky. I started to notice the odour of smoke, but I didn&rsquo;t think anything of it (idiot that I am). Ashley told me that there was a house on fire down the street from us, and I couldn&rsquo;t believe it! I looked out my walk-out basement window and sure enough, amidst the sheets of falling rain there was thick black smoke rising from a house just a few homes down from us. When you see something like that, it&rsquo;s a strange sensation. I thought &ldquo;Ok, fire in the rain, this can&rsquo;t last long, we&rsquo;re not in any danger.&rdquo; (Well, actually, I think my first thought was &ldquo;HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL?!?&rdquo;). I grabbed my Canon SD800 digital camera, put on a jacket, and went outside with Ashley. There were already police and fire trucks on the street (why didn&rsquo;t they turn on their sirens so we&rsquo;d know there was something happening?) so that was a relief that help was already there. That meant though, of course, that the lightning strike that started the fire occurred at least 20 minutes prior. It&rsquo;s a bit scary to think that there was a blazing fire a few hundred feet from my home and I had no clue. Since the fire was on the back side of the house, we walked to our back yard to get a better vantage point. Boy did we ever!&quot;<br /><br /></em>&nbsp;<img border="1" alt="" src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/web/2003/fire-down-my-street-jasondunn-june6.jpg" /> <br /><br />I need to point out right away that no one was hurt - the people in the house got out safely. From a technology stand point, I was impressed with my Canon SD800 and my Nikon D200. Both of them got very wet, and both functioned without any problem. I was more worried about my SD800 - because the Nikon D200 is weather sealed, while the Canon is not - but the SD800 digital camera came through like a champ. From a photography point of view, I wish I had a steadier hand, but I had to balance the desire to get a good picture with the desire to not get my equipment too soaked.<br /><br />Check out the <a href="http://www.jasondunn.com/calgary-storm-410" target="_blank">rest of the story</a>...

rc28
06-07-2007, 01:06 AM
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Wow that's insane! I saw the pics of flooding on your blog and that must have been an amazing thunderstorm to dump so much rain! I live in Ireland and we very rarely get t-storms so that's why I'm pretty shocked although the village near me got hit by a weak tornado a few weeks ago.

Rocco Augusto
06-07-2007, 09:53 PM
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Wow that's insane! I saw the pics of flooding on your blog and that must have been an amazing thunderstorm to dump so much rain! I live in Ireland and we very rarely get t-storms so that's why I'm pretty shocked although the village near me got hit by a weak tornado a few weeks ago.

I want to live in Ireland :(

rc28
06-08-2007, 02:30 AM
I want to live in Ireland :(
Lol, I find t-storms exciting though.

Anyway the fire near Jason was actually on the news over here(briefly mentioned in the report about the storms). Here is a short british report of it:
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/impacts/200706/18171341.html