Who We Are

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weather Update

Hi everypuppy and everycat. It's me, Amber, coming to you today from the Ao4 Weather Lab. We had quite the storm roll in yesterday, and I'm here with a report.

It all started just after 1600 hours. Mom and I went out to study the skies and this is what we saw:

DSCN6302 clouds
Looking SSW from Ao4 HQS

And a bit later, it looked like this:

DSCN6325 clouds
SSW view

We knew what was coming, and sure enough, a huge storm rolled in.

DSCN6359 Amber
Me, Ammy, in the Ao4 Weather Lab. On alert.

I monitored everything from the
Ao4 Weather Lab while Mom went out to take pix of it rolling in. Here's one of the first shots of it appearing on the western horizon:

DSCN6326 Storm rolling in

The wind started kicking up, then there was a lot of this:

DSCN6342 Storm rolling in

We got tons of rain and hail, thunder and lightning, and winds at our airport were measured at 93 miles per hour. It was quite the storm. Many homes and businesses were without power, windows got blown out, trucks and cars were thrown around like toys, and there was a lot of damage to trees and roofs. Let's look at the
Ao4 Collage-a-tron to see some of the damage in our neighborhood:


There were shingles all over the place. We think the ones in that photo are from our next-door-neighbor, but we aren't sure. They were in our yard. The photo to the right of the shingles is our next-door-neighbor's tree; it was uprooted like a weed! Also the metal edging in their garden was wrapped around everything. (The tree was totaled; Dad just got back from helping the neighbor take it to the land-fill.) The other tree is from another neighbor. A lot of the trees in our city look like that one.

After the storm, we had a beautiful display of mammatus clouds. Mom shot this picture out front:

DSCN6348 Mammatus clouds
Mammatus clouds in the skies above Ao4 HQS

We were extremely fortunate and had only minor damage to our house and gardens. We've also heard of no loss of life associated with the storm - and that's the most important thing!!!

We are expecting another round of storms to come through today, with possible tornadic activity. Mom and Dad just got done cleaning everything up and re-securing the windows and everything to get ready for more high winds. Just to lighten things up a bit ... do you know how easy it is for wind gusts to talk to each other? ... It's a breeze.

DSCN6361 Amber
"Hee hee hee!"

A little humor goes a long way sometimes!

Keep an eye to the sky, everyone, and stay safe!

Resident Meteorologist, Ao4 HQS


  1. Wow, looks like quite a storm! Good thing woo were there to monitor everything! Khool mammatus cloud pic, woo don't see those furry often! And we'll keep paws crossed your next storm is kinder.

    Jack a-roo & misss mooo
    PS - GREAT joke, Ammy, we love it!

  2. Woo. Looks like quite the storm. Stay safe today.

  3. You all stay safe! If you want, you could send some of that weather our way - we need to blow some of this heat out of here!


  4. Oh wow that was some storm. I am glad everyone is ok.. Stay safe if it hits again. Those cloud pictures are brilliant.. Hugs GJ xx

  5. Yikes! That was a scary storm! We're glad everyone is okay and we're crossing our paws that you don't get a bad storm today. Those are mighty strong mailboxes to still be standing after all that though!

  6. Wow, that's very scary damage! The humans in charge of the house next door still haven't cleaned up the tree that fell. I'd like to play in it, but the human woman won't let me.

    Stay safe!


  7. We would be under the bed if we saw those skies coming. Beautiful pictures though. Glad you are safe
    Benny & Lily

  8. Hi, Ammy!
    That sure was a big storm!
    Glad you all are ok!
    The mammaut clouds are sooo beautiful!
    Happy Saturday to all of you!
    Kisses and hugs

  9. You're such a cut-up, Ammy!
    That was quite a storm!
    Those mammatus clouds are just beautiful!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  10. Wow, that looks like a horrible storm. I am glad that you guys are still safe and sound.

  11. Wow! I'm so glad you are all ok! Those clouds sure looked really scary! Hopefully things will cool down now.


  12. Amazing photos of a major storm. Mom hasn't seen anything like that since she lived back east. And maybe that's even scarier than anything she saw there. Wow - glad peoples and pups are okay - never heard of Mammatus clouds, but they sure are amazing looking! Love your joke, as always, Ammy!
    Hugs xoxoxo

  13. Those are pawsome photos! Good job on the weather monitoring!
    Hope you dont get caught in any downpours! Happy Sunday!


  14. You looked very worried in your first photo Ammy and after seeing the damage I can understand why! I'm glad you are all okay.


  15. Beautiful Ammy, we are so relieved you guys are alright and there wasn't significant damage to your home...Very cool photos, although knowing the outcome, they are even more ominious; the mammatus cloud photo is awesome!...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  16. Holy crap! That was like end of days bad storm weather. Thank you so much for the touch of humor at the end. I hope that you are all safe and sound.


  17. Gosh Ammy, you are the best looking weather reporter we know.
    You look stunning today!
    Those were some pretty scary pics!
    love and kisses
    Martha and Bailey xxx

  18. Oh my wildness! Amazing photos, yet what power in those skies! So glad you are all ok, and able to monitor things from your headquarters :)
    Stay safe my friends.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  19. Those are some really awesome pictures!! I love the one of the lightning.

  20. What a storm! Stay safe and Ammy...we love your smile! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  21. how scary!!! glad you guys are safe!
    I love that picture of the mammatus clouds! and of course a smiling Ammy!

  22. I think I missed the photos of the storm thing. I don't like them anyway but what are they compared with Ammy pix?

    Pippa xx