Yesterday morning it was hot and muggy. The wind was unsettled and the clouds restless. We knew we were in for it.
In the late afternoon it clouded over, and a nasty red storm popped up on the radar to the west of us. The National Weather Service reported hail, hard rain, and a tornado. I headed for home before it hit.
Harland was gone by the time I arrived. As a volunteer fireman, he’s also is a storm spotter. So he had driven towards the location of the reported tornado.
It was raining hard, but I got the groceries in and hurriedly put the car into the garage. Then I busied myself making supper and catching up on housework. Kitty was extra whiney and disturbed by the wind and rain, so I talked to her and held her some. It poured down off and on all evening. We have a weather radio which came on every few minutes with warnings: tornado, heavy thunderstorm, baseball sized hail. I listened and watched out the windows. We had turned off our computers and unplugged them, so I checked the weather radar frequently on my phone. I made supper and ate. Kitty had her milk. Then I caught up on folding laundry – 2 weeks worth – Yikes!
Most of the severe weather went south of us. Harland finally got home and had supper, and then we headed out to check out the damage. Water was up everywhere:
We got 2-3 inches of rain total. This morning Harland was out early to check flood gates at the pasture. If a flood gate is washed out during heavy rains, the cows can get out.
We were very fortunate to avoid the worst of the storms. Communities to the west of us received 6-8 inches of rain, baseball-sized hail, and a tornado that ruined businesses and homes. Click HERE to see the damage.
Amazing how quickly weather patterns can change: We’ve received as much rain in the last couple days as we received ALL last summer.
And more is forecast for today, Thursday, and Friday.