The birds are a'tweetin, the frogs are a'singin, the tractors are a'chuggin, and the thunders a'boomin, the lightning a'flashin, and sometimes the tornados are a'twistin. Those are the sounds of Spring in the Arkansas delta.
Luckily for us, the past couple of years the majority of the tornado spawning storms have been tracking just north of us. Last night and early this morning there were some really terrible ones in NE Arkansas, the bootheel of MO, and in eastern TN. The news this morning says there have been lives lost and a great deal of damage but they're not sure how many or how much just yet. I think they were waiting on daylight to assess the damages.
Our worst storm came through around 1:30 a.m. and peppered us with hail for about 15 minutes. We know down here that hail is a good indication of a strong thunderstorm that can possibly spawn a tornado. Hail doesn't do so much damage right now as they haven't planted but a few acres of beans so far, but from now on, since the planting will be starting full force, a hail storm can wreck havoc in the fields of newly planted crops.
I'm going to venture out in a bit to see if there was in damage around here and visit a greenhouse in Lee county to see if I can find some African Daisies for my flowerboxes.