Just when I was getting comfortable that our summer would be rated a 10 in the comfort scale-- not as hot as the rest of the country or even New England, and no sign of the devastating drought of last year, the skies turned dark at midday yesterday and the meteorologists took over regular programming on Boston TV to warn us of severe weather entering our pretty little corner of the world on Cape Cod.
Cindy Fitzgibbon of WCVB had guided us through the F-1 tornado that touched down in Dennisport and Harwich on July 24, 2019. There she was again, along with A.J. Burnett yesterday, at nearly the same time of day and year.
By the time it was over, aside from road flooding and heavy downpours and the occasional downed tree, the Cape was spared serious destruction. However the National Weather Service did confirm an F-0 tornado hit Marstons Mills, traveling from Evergreen Rd. to Joe Thompson Rd. at 11:52 am.
My own yard fared well. I had a delicious and drenching two inches of rain that collected in my garden rain gauge over a 90 minute period. It was most welcome as my lawn continues to recover from turning to complete straw last August once outdoor watering was banned in Harwich during the drought.
For a review of the more destructive 2019 tornado that felled thousands of trees on the lower Cape, including two large oaks in my yard, here is the video I took from my living room window that day. Unfortunately I bailed for the basement just before the trees crashed down.
Tornado "experts" left comments that this wasn't a real tornado, or they complained it wasn't as fierce as those in Oklahoma. Yeah I know our tornadoes don't rival those, which is why I live on the Cape and not there. Hehehe.