Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightning to the Left of Me, Tornadoes to the Right

Here I am, stuck in the middle with you. (Paraphrasing Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan)

Yesterday afternoon was one of those typical Iowa June days - hot and humid with a cold front coming in - ripe for thunderstorms, wind, hail and chances of a tornado. And our state saw it all beginning with hail and a tornado in the Southwest corner - moving our way.

We were lucky in that the thunderstorms stayed south of us and the tornadoes stayed north - with reports of funnel clouds as close as Fontanelle and Lorimor. (There was a tornado south of us which stayed along the Missouri line.)

I did not even go out to start taking photos until the first/worst had passed. This was around 7:30 p.m. By then, some had reformed (as in formed again, not cleaned up their act.)

Billowing thunderheads.

Setting sun shining through.

Mammatus clouds.

Still a lot of wind up there.

Soft as a baby's blanket. Reflecting the setting sun.

Still plenty of clouds, but calm over the pond at the end of the day.

Early a.m. view to the west. Pink sky from a fiery sunrise this morning.

View to the east. The sunrise was even more red when I got up at 5:30 a.m., but by the time I got out there, it was already losing some of its fire.

"Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning." We do have chances for thunderstorms again late this afternoon and evening. We could use the rain (only got a quarter inch yesterday), but if it turns severe again today, I hope we are once again stuck in the middle.

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