Dark and stormy night

Mother Nature is making up for lost time, after months of dry weather, sending wave after wave of storms on Oct. 24.

The following day, the National Weather Service confirmed a weak tornado:

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
315 PM CDT MON OCT 25 2010

...EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SOUTHWEST PULASKI COUNTY...

TODAY...A SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE
ROCK CONFIRMED THAT AN EF0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHWEST PULASKI
COUNTY LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. EF0 TORNADOES ARE THE WEAKEST
TORNADOES ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...AND HAVE WINDS BETWEEN 65
AND 85 MPH.

THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR 0.77 MILE...FROM 3 MILES
WEST-NORTHWEST OF CRYSTAL VALLEY TO 2.7 MILES NORTHWEST OF CRYSTAL
VALLEY. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS ON CRYSTAL VALLEY RD. ABOUT
1/2 MILE SOUTH OF LAWSON RD.

A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN...A NUMBER OF LARGE LIMBS WERE BLOWN
DOWN...AND PART OF A BARN ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF.

STORM DAMAGE AT E. ROOSEVELT AND DUGAN IN EAST LITTLE ROCK WAS ALSO
SURVEYED. HERE...A ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING...
KNOCKING DOWN POWER LINES AND POWER POLES. THIS DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY
THUNDERSTORM WINDS...NOT A TORNADO.

DAMAGE AROUND THE 4000 BLOCK OF BASELINE RD. AND ON BRUNO RD. IN
SOUTHWEST LITTLE ROCK WAS ALSO SURVEYED. HERE...A NUMBER OF LARGE
LIMBS WERE BLOWN DOWN...A TREE FELL ON A HOUSE...AND SOME SHINGLES
WERE BLOWN OFF THE ROOFS OF HOUSES. THIS DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY
THUNDERSTORM WINDS...NOT A TORNADO.

$$

 

 

Lightning
Lightning streaks across the sky as another wave of storms rakes across Arkansas.

Tornado warning

When moisture from the warm Gulf of Mexico meets cold air from the north and west, severe thunderstorms are likely. Sometimes, they give birth to tornadoes. One such storm cropped up mid-afternoon today.  Here on Round Mountain, we had a front row seat as the wall cloud moved eastward, pelting us with pea-sized hail and cracking the sky with frequent lightning.

The National Weather Service is still receiving damage reports. Some 15,000 people are reported without power, with trees down, one car overturned with children inside (the children were rescued and reported to be OK, but probably scared out of their wits), and damage to buildings downtown.

 

Wall cloud
The rain-free area to the left precedes what was turning into a wall cloud (dark area to the right) that produced a tornado that tracked some 15 miles through Little Rock on Oct. 24.
Lightning
A stroke of lightning bolts through the sky as the storm intensifies.
Spectacular sunset between storms
Spectacular sunset between storms, as we await a second storm system that has already produced a tornado in SW Arkansas.
Weather radar
Red boxes for tornado warnings and yellow boxes for severe thunderstorms track like footprints across Texas and Arkansas.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome rain.

After a long, thirsty summer, we welcomed a widespread rain last night. It’s been a long time since there was enough moisture to see droplets cling to petals, leaves and even insects. The cooler fall temperatures are also encouraging regrowth. Volunteer dill, sorrel and clover are all coming back to life.

 

Rain covered morning glory.
A rare sight -- late season morning glories covered in rain.
White morning glories
White morning glories make a comeback in the cooler fall temperatures.

 

 

Foggy day at Mount St. Helens-UPDATE

Checked in to the volcano cam on Jan. 15 and voila! The mountain reappeared!

 

Mount St. Helens
Look ma! No clouds!

 

 

 

We were fortunate enough to visit Mount St. Helens in 1998, but haven’t made it back since then. ¬†Volcano fans can enjoy a virtual visit, thanks to the National Park Service webcams. However, even web technology has its limits. Moisture won the day today.

Webcam stills of Mount St. Helens
Volcano? What volcano?