Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Thunder Boomers and Tornados

While my Northern Buds, Ms. Leslie and our one and only Special K, were having snow yesterday, we had to be somewhat different and have a run of Spring-like 80 degree temps, and tornado spawning thunderstorms.

Around noonish the satellite signal was lost just as they were announcing a tornado warning for our little spot in the delta. The storm had already sprouted a few twisters west of here(south of Little Rock and near Stuttgart) so when it became as dark as twilight outside I grabbed my camera with hopes of capturing something good, but the storm decided to just dump a whole bunch of rain in a couple of minutes here and the rain even kept me from seeing any good cloud formations.

We did have some pretty gusty wind and I had a call from Jami, who'd been in Holly Grove a few mile west of me, and she saw a twister touch down over there. Since we usually get so much rain during a bad storm, it's not easy to spot them unless they do touch ground nearby.

In less than 20 minutes it was mostly over and I took this photo.

Five minutes later and the sun was peeking through.

Then last night between 10 and 11 another pretty strong storm cell meandered through (the storms weren't moving very fast at all which they think led to the really bad storms north of here in the Missouri bootheel and in N. E. Tennessee.) It dropped some hail along with a couple of inches or rain and we had some more of the gusty wind stuff.

The weather news was brought to you this morning by Brenda down here in L.A. (Lexa, Arkansas).

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