It all started just after 1600 hours. Mom and I went out to study the skies and this is what we saw:
Looking SSW from Ao4 HQS
We knew what was coming, and sure enough, a huge storm rolled in.
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:
The wind started kicking up, then there was a lot of this:
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:
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.