Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stormy Weather

I slept fitfully last night. Before going to bed, we'd watched the local weatherman pointing to an approaching cold front and jabbering like a spider monkey cranked up on speed and Red Bull energy drinks.
It sounded like we'd be paying dearly for the warm weather the last few days. 
He said the front would cross the state line from Mississippi around 3 a.m.
I didn't set the clock, because I knew I wouldn't have to. About 2:55 a.m. my eyes opened and I slid out of bed. I walked to the deck to get an analog weather report. These reports don't need radar, infrared satellite images, or computer analysis. 
It involves stepping outside, looking up at the sky and listening to the wind in the pines.
Stormy Weather, shot back in the summer
Even though the front was a few hours away, you could hear high-level winds roaring like the Indi 500 race in the clouds.
I could hear the wind chimes on the deck and from the side porch tinkling non-stop. Even the large chimes that weigh as much as a Buick, were banging like gongs.
A visual inspection of the horizon showed no lightening, and I could hear no thunder in the distance. All I could hear was the angry wind. I thought to myself, I would hate to be flying over Alabama tonight.
I tentatively slipped back inside and back into bed.
About 5:30 our house phone, and both our cell phones started ringing, with incoming calls and texts. 
After the devastating outbreak in 2011, I signed up for a weather alert system that notifies us whenever there's a tornado warning in our zipcode.
I went back out to the deck, and not only was the wind still howling, but lightening flashed on the horizon.
When I looked at the weather on TV, the approaching storms looked bad, but nothing like they they do in the springtime. I punched the brew button on the coffeemaker, pulled out a deck chair and listened to the wind. 
As it turns out, the bad part of the storm went north and east of us. Tennessee and Georgia weren't so lucky, as people in both states died as a result of the storms.
If there's one thing I've learned living in the south, it's that you respect Mother Nature, and you ALWAYS sleep lightly during stormy weather.


  1. I'm glad you and yours are safe and sound. We had tornado warnings all over KY today. Tomorrow, it's supposed to be 22. Most insane weather swings I've ever seen!

  2. I approve your analog weather indicator. It takes no effort to carry that one with you. It's windy right now as I can hear my wind chimes outside going a little crazy.

    I like your description of the weatherman.... jabbering like a spider monkey cranked up on speed and Red Bull energy drinks. Ha

  3. I'm glad that you are safe and sound and that the storm missed you.

  4. Amen, Rick! We live in Green Bay, WI, and it has never had a direct hit by a tornado. They seem to go around us. In 1998 (I think) we had one just North of us in Door Co. and that did a lot of damage.

    I am one of those weird people that loves a big storm (as long as it is not life-threatening/damaging). I love to watch them come in across the bay kicking up the water as they arrive.

    Glad you and your wife have safely weathered another storm. Diana

  5. One of the people who died in TN was only about 10 miles away from us, sheltered in a shed that collapsed on him. The wind was so loud here as it howls up the valley we live in. The ridges around us have always protected us but the original 1920 windows shook in their frames. Scared the dogs and cat.

  6. Growing up in the Midwest we had tornadoes too. Here in Ohio we get them every Spring. Thankfully, we have personally been spared damage during storms. But more than anything I hate the sound of the wind. I hated when I was young and I really still get nervous and hide my head under a pillow when I hear it now! Glad it passed you guys by this time. Stay safe!

  7. Thats pretty scary.
    Mother nature has her moments too
    and she shows every one who's boss.


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