All week they said that there would be storms on Friday. The eastern half of South Dakota was in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch area, and the Weather Folk said that there could be scattered tornadoes before the day was over.
We watched the skies and we watched the radar, and the moving clouds and storm fronts all looked to be heading either north of us, or south. We complained a bit because so far, all of the storms have moved north or south of us, and we are in dire need of rain. And we were definitely hoping for a change in the hot and thick and sticky weather.
Then about 5:00 or so, The Hub and I looked west and this is what I posted on Facebook: I do not like the look of these clouds.
Those clouds are the ones of which I spoke. Note the darkness. Note the downy-hangy bits.
I wasn't kidding.
And a few minutes later, I took this picture. Note the greenish portion in the upper right of the cloud formation... that's hail. Hail is formed when updrafts and downdrafts move moisture up and down in the clouds. That uppy-downy motion has another name: rotation.
And then I took a short video of the clouds. I shut the recording off before The Hub finished his comment- what he said was that when the wind is blowing one direction and the clouds are moving in the opposite direction, look out.
My next Facebook status, posted minutes later was: Siren! Have adjourned to the basement
For those who don't live in Tornado Country- a specific siren is sounded when funnel clouds are spotted. When you hear one, you don't look up at the sky and wonder where the twister is, you head right to the damn basement, and you hunker down.
That is what we did, so there are no photos of the very very dark sky, or the torrential rain (over 2"), or of the Green Air, or of the small hailstones hitting the ground (and the windows). It has been a long time since the sirens have blown- it's always terrifying.
After about 20 minutes, we ventured back upstairs we did not lose power, but our satellite reception was out. I had the weather thingy on my phone, but it still showed tornadic activity heading toward our town.
Ducking and ready to head back downstairs, we looked out side- we still had another hour of constant thunder and lightning, and more rain, but the storms (and at least two funnel clouds) had moved on to do a little more structural damage elsewhere. There were no injuries reported, thank goodness.
The wonderful and rarely photographed puddle.
Today? Today is partly cloudy, breezy, dry (humidity-wise) and barely 72 degrees.
The weather... always interesting in these here parts.