Winter in the South is as likely to bring ice as it is snow. Ice-weighted trees present any number of dangers, but their beauty in the sunlight is extraordinary.
After the rain, mist rises from the mountains to meet the sky. At times the mist rises in columns that bend gently like grass in a breeze, shifting east and then west at the whim of the winds. The movement is hypnotic and in its silence, mysterious.
Advent is a time of looking forward — preparing one’s self for the feast of Christmas. However, after last night’s vigil Mass for the final Sunday of Advent, looking back paid off too.
For almost 24 hours, nature had soaked the state in a deluge that saw nearly 8 inches of rain fall in parts of the Arkansas Delta. The same system also spawned tornadoes in other parts of the state. When the heavy rain finally stopped, those leaving church were welcomed by a fiery orange sunset. En route to the parking lot, paused on the steps to take a shot or two of the sunset with my iPhone (bottom photo). But something made me look back. And there over the church, the sky glowed with a luminous double rainbow.
Summer’s pop-up thunderstorms can be spectacular, whether you’re under the cloud watching its power or scores of miles away watching the cloud expand and evolve with convection and eventual dissipation. This June 15 storm was apparently a favorite for photographers. KARK had many viewer photos of this storm from different parts of Arkansas.
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.
Last week’s storms bent the stem of this sunflower, but didn’t break it.
Light from the setting sun plays across mist left after the passage of a summer storm that flashed through the Ouachitas of western Pulaski, eastern Perry and northern Saline counties.
A twister that killed one person in northeastern Arkansas came uncomfortably close to our part of the Ouachitanian Interface. While we missed the rotational winds, we were close enough to be showered with a storm cell’s other gift: large hail.