I was sitting here at my desk, just futzing around, when the weather came for a visit. At first, it was just rain, a little hail. Pea-sized mostly. Then…Bang! A golf-ball size piece hit the side of the house just a few feet from where I was sitting.
Our town has an automated weather-warning system. If you subscribe, it will call your home and/or mobile phone and give you a warning.
It did. A Tornado Warning had just announced and a tornado or funnel cloud had been reported just a few miles from us by an observer.
Scurry time! Mrs. Crucis started rounding up the cats. Our two have their personal cages that go into our shelter with us. The shelter was clogged with stuff that had accumulated since our last tornado warning… rifle cases—hard and soft, full ammo cans, a pair of crutches from somewhere, pillows, a plethora of stuff. I begin tossing out stuff, like the pillows, to make room for the cats. Mrs. Crucis went through the house gathering flashlights and batteries.
I turn on my 2-M Ham Radio handhelds—dead batteries! I hadn’t used them in a while. (Note to self: check HT batteries regularly and recharge.)
I turned on the TV and we watched the reports. Mrs. Crucis and I have weather apps on our android phones so we can monitor the radar personally. The problem with the apps is that the radar plots are on a 5-minute delay. I wonder if I buy the commercial app if it will show radar real-time.
That’s another item on my to-do list.
With all the scurrying around, the storm passes us by. We received heavy rain, some hail, and a reminder of Spring-time weather here on the plains.
It’s all over now. My servers (including this blog) were off-line for a half hour. It anyone tried to connect with my blog and couldn’t between 5:30pm and 6:00pm Central, that’s why. I pulled the plug.
The radio just announced more funnel clouds to the west across the state line. It looks like it may be a long evening.