Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:21

Mother Nature always wins: like it or not

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Mother Nature can be a humbling entity.

The weekend of July 15-17 was a great example of this. While in seems like the summer of 2016 has been unpredictable, at best, a few communities in southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan felt the full brunt of the wild weather which has hit the prairies this year.
Wild winds touched down in a very narrow path diagonally cutting across the hamlet of Scandia where a branch was put through the wall of a historical building.A huge tree was uprooted in front of a parsonage, amazingly not disturbing the building yet only metres away a dwelling got damaged when covered with flying tree branches and debris. Another building at the museum park was moved off its foundation yet at a campground metres away there was no damage other than perhaps traumatic as those people had a front row seat to a scary show. Patricia area had 100-km winds.
The next day in Swift Current, there were weather warnings issued but no one could have predicted the flash flood on Herbert Street much to the chagrin of Prairie Post reporter/ photographer Matthew Liebenberg who saw his car actually get moved by the onrush of water in front of the Art Gallery of Swift Current.
Pictures — no pun intended — flooded social media and now everyone has to find their garbage bins, bail out basements, as well as dry out and perhaps repair their vehicles.
For added measure, Scandia was rocked again three days later on Monday night as the town was drenched, along with numerous other communities with a lot of rainfall. Medicine Hat has had Environment Canada weather watches from July 12-July 17 with some parts of Medicine Hat getting hit with golf-ball sized hail on Monday.
Take a look at Arborfield, Estevan, Calgary (again) and even Vauxhall last week where a downpour saw a rush of water down mainstreet where flooding has been a damaging force in 2016, yet when Fort McMurray really needed rain with the massive fire earlier this spring, none came.
For some reason, unpredictable weather is becoming sadly too predictable. People can only just sit and hope their communities aren’t in the line of Mother Nature’s fury. El Niño, global warming, whatever it is, we wish it wouldn’t be so hostile. Those in the agriculture industry are obviously at the mercy of the elements and can only watch as perhaps totally perfect crops get mowed down by the big white combine, a ton of water or get burned to a crisp by too much heat and no moisture.
While we can have all of the best, most advanced technology in the world and even busy ourselves chasing artificial Pokemons all over the place with our Smartphones and perhaps not notice what’s going on around us.
In the end, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature, weather, and everything natural.
Ryan Dahlman is managing editor with the Prairie Post. Contact him with comments about this opinion piece at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Ryan Dahlman

Managing Editor