The surest signs of spring have arrived! The leaves are sprouting; the squirrels are fat with babies; the air has the scent of blossoms! Beyond all those however; the layer of brown smog has returned above the city of Toronto. Yes, there's nothing quite like the tan of the early morning rush hour as you crest the 401 at the Don Valley and look towards downtown, then above it. Across the horizon, a kilometre above the city, that milk chocolate haze greets you with the promise of humid polluted days to come. Your lungs quiver with the anticipation of laboured breathing. Yet, you remain calm. After all, your car has air conditioning! Your work has air conditioning! You needn't go outside at all, except for the mad dash from the great indoors to your faithful, gasoline powered, carbon monoxide emitting, one person per, chariot.
That reminds me; time to get WonderCar the annual tune up and a/c check.
As an aside, here's the 401 immediately next to where we live. The far side of the green sound barrier contains our cluster of low rise apartment buildings. We can always tell when it's going to rain by the sound volume of the traffic. If it sounds louder, the wind has shifted to the east and will come across the highway, carrying the noise with it.
Here's the complete Compass camera webpage, if ever you want to see what rush hour in Toronto on North America's second busiest freeway is like.
Wild time in Oklahoma overnight, with that flurry of torandic activity. Life imitates art again, where the pictures I saw on CNN reminded me of the movie Twister and the plot used in the film. An F5! Yowsa! Early forecast indicates conditions are ripe for another group of tornadoes forming later today. I do hope for the people there that if they do touch down that the funnel clouds tap dance their way around the towns and trailer parks.
Here's a summer vacation idea that won't
go over well in my household: storm