Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tornado Last Week, Installing a Sign, School Opening

Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Thursday evening's storm included tornadoes, one of them near Sauk Centre.
"...The first tornado touched down north of Brooten at 7:35 p.m. Thursday. It was rated EF-1 and followed an east-northeast path over five miles, the NWS reports. It damaged several barns and sheds and blew an empty grain bin for a half-mile, according to the NWS...."
(St. Cloud Times (August 16, 2010))
The Sauk Centre Herald's home page has a photo showing what one set of buildings looked like after the twister rearranged things.

Here are photos from Sauk Centre, of Thursday evening's storm. I'd have had them up on Sunday - but it wasn't until later that I found out about the tornado. Besides, those
pelicans looked cool.

The western sky in Sauk Centre, about 7:40: around the time that tornado was moving away from Brooton. August 12, 2010.

All we got here in Sauk Centre's south side was rain. Quite a lot of rain Can't say that I'm disappointed. August 12, 2010.

Clearing skies after the storm here in Sauk Centre. August 12, 2010, about 8:30 p.m..

As long as I'm doing a sort of retrospective entry, here's something from June 1, 2010: Installation of that new sign at South Ash Street and 12th.

The crew had just gotten the sign upright and more-or-less in place when I took this photo. That's the 'Wal-Mart' stoplights to the right of the crane. June 1, 2010.

One man's operating the crane, the other's pulling the sign into position. June 1, 2010.

A little later, the sign's just about where it's supposed to be. June 1, 2010.

Here we are in the Information Age: and when it comes to a job like this, what works is two guys and a crane pushing and pulling the sign around until they've got it set up straight.

It's been fairly quiet after last week's storms. (August 13, 2010) Hot, at times: but this is Minnesota in August, after all.

School's starting in a little less than two weeks. Or three, depending on what you use as your 'starting time.' The public school's having an open house August 31, with classes starting September 7. Which means that three weeks from now, I'll be seeing high schoolers in cars and elementary kids walking past my north window around 3:00 weekday afternoons.

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