Springtime means rough weather for the middle of the United States. The jet stream changes allowing warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico to meet cold air from the north and west. The resulting weather is at least turbulent. At worst, deadly.

Since April 14, the South has seen the worst, including one of the largest tornado outbreaks in history that left hundreds of people dead.

Here in Ferndale, we had our share of adrenaline and fear, but thank God, no more damage than the shattering of a drier vent cover. On April 15 and April 25, we thought the wailing tornado sirens would never stop. On April 25, we spent much of the evening hunkered safely away from windows, with battery powered lights and other essentials close at hand. We never lost power and were able to listen to the local television meteorologists, some of whom had been working for more than 12 hours, warn people into their tornado safe rooms

funnel cloud dipping
A funnel cloud, partially obscured by the tree silhouette, had been bobbing up and down for some minutes. It went west of us, and may have been the killer tornado that hit Vilonia, Ark.
radar image
A screen shot of the National Weather Service radar map shows the line of storms. Each red polygon indicates a tornado warning. Green indicates a flood warning.

Today, May Day, the storms continue. With this round, wind is not as much of a threat (so far) as water has become.

No fishing
Normally, the tree holding the "no fishing" sign is on a dry bank.
An inch of water in a short time cascading down a steep and saturated slope, created a 4-foot pile of debris, that included logs up to 6 inches in diameter.

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