Monday, April 11, 2011

Storms and Such

I fell asleep last night with the TV still tuned to The Weather Channel.  I had been watching the reports of the storms that raged through Iowa, Wisconsin and other parts of the upper Midwest.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those hundreds of people who live in towns razed by the tornados and other massive storms who are injured or whose homes are gone or damaged.  Nature is sometimes not gentle.

Shortly after 3 a.m. I awoke to see and hear of even more damage and threats of vicious storms in other areas of the country.  At the time, all was quiet here.  I went back to sleep after an hour or so only to be awakened just before dawn by claps of thunder and the sound of pouring rain.   While the wind blew hard (as evidenced by small limbs and other debris in the streets), our thunderstorm was a light one.  It rained again pretty hard about 10 a.m., then the wind blew the clouds out of the way and the sun came out.   I took the photo above from my back yard about two o'clock this afternoon.  There's still some rain in the clouds but as the wind was moving them along pretty rapidly it will fall on someone else's land.

While I was outside, I couldn't help but notice that the anemometer on my in-ground weather vane was doing a merry spin.  Since I am still quite the photography novice, it took a bit of manipulation of the shutter speed on my camera, and more than a few exposures, to capture the motion to my minimal satisfaction.

The pink blurs in the background are those of my Dainty Bess rose, the first of my roses to bloom. Yes, I got some photos of those, too; blog fodder for later.

I hope you, and those you love, are safe and unscathed by this past weekend's storms.

Tomorrow is also a day.


Arkansas Patti said...

It has been a violent spring hasn't it. We got a lot of rain and actually the wind picked up after the rain quit. Still compared to other parts of the country, we were fortunate.
Worst I can say here it that this is really hair do wrecking weather.

TSannie said...

Personally speaking, I do believe Mother Nature is having a manic phase...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, We are getting that system here NOW... I hear thunder --and there's a little rain... BUT--luckily, the severe stuff is not around us tonight... Thanks Be to God. Glad you are okay too.....

I saw some pictures of the Iowa tornadoes this morning. Checked on the Eagles and they are fine.


rhymeswithplague said...

Your storm system from Sunday night will be moving through our area tonight after midnight and should be complete past us by dawn. Already we are under a tornado watch.

Even from a distance, your roses are beautiful.

Marvin said...

Those storms moved slowly diagonally across Arkansas. They'd not yet reached us when I turned off and unplugged the computer before turning in around 3 AM. It was somewhere around four o'clock when they finally arrived. We were also lucky and only received a little over an inch of needed rain.

Hilary said...

We've had similar weather here, too. I love your motion photography. Well done.

George said...

So far we've avoided most of the severe weather, although the wind has been fierce at times. It's still raining now, so I have yet to get out and clean up the yard.
I'm envious of the rose you have in bloom already.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Pat,

Great pictures. I appreciate your weather update. My heart goes out to those who have lost so much to the tornadoes. There are lots of fires in Texas too.

Hope that you have a Terrific Tuesday.

Kathy M.

richies said...

I have a cousin who was living in Mena and was hit by the April 9, 2009 tornado. He recently moved to Cleburn, Texas and was hit again early Monday morning. Now that's unlucky.

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