Amazing Algonquin Weather
The June/06 Hail Storm  !


Darkest Clouds Ever Seen !



HOW FAST THE WEATHER CAN CHANGE

   The sky looked OK when I hopped on my bike and headed for the Two Rivers Store to grab some ice and orange juice and a quick cup of coffee . This was a part of a daily ritual and I could see no reason not to bike over again today from my beautiful campsite at Mew Lake .

   However , as it happens often in Algonquin , the sky changed quickly . At first it just looked like rain but when I remarked to one of the cashiers in the store about a big black cloud that appeared to be heading this way , she also admitted that it looked very omminous . It was .

   I was talking to Joan , the head cook when I actually cut her off abruptly and blurted out something about having to go in order to beat that black cloud back to my campsite . Joan looked at me like I was a little bit crazy then said " OK , we'll talk to you later then ... " , but I was already half way out the door and half a mile away before I realised my rudeness .


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Hard on the Paint Tarp Barely Survives Tent is Not as Lucky

ALMOST MADE IT BACK

   Peddled back to my site as fast as the trail allowed , considering all the blind corners along the way , where I could easily run into cyclists or hikers coming towards me . My orange juice and ice and loaf of bread swinging unevenly I managed to get within 50 feet of my car before the cloud let go ... and let go it did indeed (see the images above) .

THE VIDEO'S REALLY SHOW THE ACTION

   Some images and video's were shot from the safety of my battered car , while others were shot outside once the hail storm began to subside a bit . Immediately below are some storm video's and then below this section are some images taken an hour after - and then several hours after the huge storm clouds had passed through the area .


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A STORM VIDEO SHOT FROM THE CAR


STORM VIDEO SHOT FROM UNDER THE TARP


STORM VIDEO SHOT FROM UNDER SOME TREES


CALM AFTER THE STORM

   It seemed to take forever to pass , for me , but perhaps not for those that were safely huddled inside the Two Rivers Store , watching with amazement as the hail and heavy rain came down . For those of us that were camping/biking/hiking/canoeing (and many were) it was pure adrenalin at first as we rushed to find safety . It was also yet another Algonquin day that we would never forget .


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View From The Trees The Comfort Station Warden Helps a Cyclist

THE COOLING EFFECT OF HAIL

   It stopped as quickly as it started , but wherever you looked it was very much different now . No longer a summer's day but suddenly October . The open areas of ground more white than green . The warm moist air cooled , now thick with a cold fog . In a matter of minutes everything transformed .

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The View Into 2 Rivers Hyway 60 Huge Thunderhead Cloud

Hours Later We Go For a Drive

    Above we see a shot of the huge thunderhead cloud that had done all the damage . Taken 50 KM's away we can clearly see how the raindrops were moved back up into the top area of that cloud , cooled until frozen , then dropped back down to earth . Below we see that Algonquin is still very cold even hours later , thick fog still wafting in many areas .

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Watching the Storm Pass The Fog Lingers Still Foggy at Sunset


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(THE JULY 2006 TORNADO'S)