Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It Just Keeps Gettiing Worse

One of the strange sunsets we've seen lately

Every week, sometimes even every day, the state has been experiencing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. It is not abnormal for there to be tornadoes here, now and then, and thunderstorms are a feature of summer here. 

That is normal and expected.

However, although it is perhaps only a perception, it seems as if they are occurring rather more frequently in recent weeks than has been the norm.

Last night was no exception. It was perfectly calm, although really nasty humid, until around eight-thirty or so. Then the huge wind tuned up again, and clouds worse than those in last week's big one boiled up over the western horizon.

The men ran from window to window, and door to door, watching them writhe and pup and spawn. Huge tunnels formed in them and then closed and dissipated. Tongues dropped and then recoiled back up into the seething clouds. 

 It was scary. 

They called me down...thought I was sleeping...Nope, I was going from window to window, upstairs, watching, ready to call for a trip to the cellar if it got worse. 

And then it was done. Cooler. Less humid. So far we have found a few boards off the barn...not sure yet how bad that is, but so far no big damage.

However, in another part of the state, where we know folks, and Liz had lots of farmers in her milk inspector days, things were bad. There were deaths and wanton destruction. I dread to hear the news this morning.... 


Ruth said...

Glad you're ok!

We don't get actual tornado warnings where I am that much, but we did yesterday, two of them right on top of each other! Last I checked none actually formed here though. Lots of trees and poles down from the wind!

Rev. Paul said...

Y'all stay safe down there, and don't take chances. I hope the storms stay away from you.

Cathy said...

Wow. Those photos! I couldn't live without my basement. I've cowered down there quite a few times. Stay safe.

threecollie said...

Ruth, thanks, some darned ugly storms!

Rev. Paul, thanks, we were ready for the cellar during the last one...even the men, who usually blow them off.

Cathy, glad we have one too. never gone down there in a storm, but we have been close and we were that night.