Saturday, April 11, 2009

Blustery Days... A show and tell

Friday was a sad and scary day for a lot of people. We were not in the town most affected, but we do not live far away from it. Hubby and I spent a very tense half hour crouched in the bathtub with the pups and a radio as the storm raged by us. Since living here, there have been several scary weather situations, but we have never felt the need to take cover like we did on Friday. Nature was out in full force making sure that everyone could feel her raw power.
It breaks my heart to see the pictures of uprooted lives continuously flashed across the television. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by the storms Friday.

I am one of those crazies that loves to go out and take pictures of menacing weather. To my dismay, one of my coworkers had borrowed the memory card from my fancy schmancy camera to work on a project this weekend. My little camera has always been wonderful to me, but since getting my new one, it feels grotesquely inadequate. Still, here's a few pics. I didn't feel as brave as normal with this storm and I ducked back in the house long before the worst of it hit.


This was not the worst of the hail but it gives you a good idea of how much there was. About thirty seconds after this pic was taken, the hail started flying sideways onto our balcony. I decided that being knocked out by a golf ball of ice wasn't a very safe thing to do.

This was taken before the hail moved in.

This was taken after the storm moved out. If you look at the trees, you can see that this is almost identical to the previous picture (minus, of course, the storm). It was taken not even an hour after the previous one.

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Just to give you an idea of the wind, this was taken after the storm had moved on. We stayed under a tornado watch until around seven that night. The power of the wind was unbelievable!

Show and Tell

12 comments:

WiseGuy said...

OMG! I just hope that you are fine.

Saw those two pictures you have posted in tandem. The Hail Storm made everything so gray! I just hope that not much damage got done...

Parenthood For Me said...

Very scary. Hope everything is okay.

becomingwhole said...

So scary! Hoping all your people are ok.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

That is terrifying. How were the dogs during the storm?

Jennifer said...

Hope everyone is ok. How scary!

Arian said...

Everyone was ok here. The pups were funny. They kept wanting to go out on the balcony and just sniff the air. They were not happy at all about sitting in the bathtub though! They don't like for even Hubby and I to take a shower or bath, so it was a real stretch for them to sit in there for such a long time!

Elizabeth said...

wow - very dramatic! HOpe you are all ok!

Erika said...

I sure hope you're all alright. I grew up in tornado alley that green/gray sky is always frightening.

I always found it hard when we were fine but all around us was destroyed. You can't really help either.

Kristin said...

Wow...it really drives home the unbelievable power of nature.

Candice said...

Sorry that things were so scary for you. It must have been nail biting for a while, that hail looks huge!

Billy said...

Wow! You are brave to go out in such a storm!

cysteract said...

oh wow ..I love storms thunder storms usally but this is too extreme.So glad to hear you are all ok !