Menacing tornado no reason to postpone mowing the lawn in Canada

In this Friday, June 2, 2017, photo provided by Cecilia Wessels via The Canadian Press, Theunis Wessels mows his lawn at his home in Three Hills, Alberta, as a tornado swirls in the background. (Cecilia Wessels/The Canadian Press via AP)

There are times that I use a light drizzle as an excuse to ditch mowing the lawn.

But for one brave Canadian, even weather a bit stormier was no reason to get that lawn looking great. That grass was going to get cut -- and some swirling tornado wasn't going to get in his way (literally and figuratively.)

Here's the full write-up of the event, courtesy of Rob Gilles and other Associated Press writers:


THREE HILLS, Alberta (AP) — A photograph of a Canadian man mowing a lawn with a tornado swirling behind him has caused a bit of a storm on social media.

Cecilia Wessels snapped the picture of her husband, Theunis, on Friday as the twister passed near their home in Alberta.

She said cutting the grass was on her husband's to-do list, and as he started the task, she went for a nap.

Wessels said she was woken by daughter who was upset that there was something like a tornado in the sky, but her father wouldn't come inside.

"I did ask him if he was coming inside with that thing in the clouds when I turned to come inside and he calmly said no," Cecilia Wessels said Sunday.

Theunis Wessels said the tornado was actually much farther away than it appears in the photo and it was moving away from them. He said he was keeping an eye on it.

No one was injured.


It might just go down as one of the most ambitious "my lawn will be cut no matter what Mother Nature is dishing out" event since this man braved freezing weather to mow his snow-covered lawn -- in May.

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