Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wacky Winter Weather

Gray January Skies in Tennessee 1-2010-1You know the saying “If you don’t like the weather in {Insert your state here}, just wait a few minutes!” In the last two days, and possibly much of January, truer words could not be said about the weather here in Tennessee. Gray skies have been intermittent with occasional sun. The temperatures have been warm, rainy, and much more like March than January. Of course the first 10 days of January were nearly record cold temperatures which flirted with the 20s for highs and in the 10’s for lows.

Backyard flooding 1-2010-2The last two days have also been very rainy. Yesterday we received almost 2 inches of precipitation which caused some localized flooding – like in my backyard!  The stand of trees in the center of the picture is centered on our boundary. Which means that most of the flooding is actually in my neighbor’s yard but the stream on the right side of the trees is rushing through our back yard.  It’s causing an erosion issue in the back corner of the yard that I hope to deal with this summer.

In a break from the rain I tinkered in the greenhouse and changed a lock on the front door. When I first went out the weather was warm with no rain. While I was working a chorus of rain began with an accompaniment of thunder and lightning. I went hastily (that means I ran at a fast yet masculinely casual pace) inside to wait out the rain and fully expected it to last awhile.  Twenty minutes later the rain stopped, the sun peaked out, and azure blue skies emerged. My oldest daughter even said “Look daddy the pretty clouds are back.” That didn’t last though.

Hail on Back Deck 1-2010-1 The strange weather shifted tonight to hail and tornado warnings in our area. I’m not sure if there were any touchdowns or any damage but I can say that lightning, hail, power outages (albeit temporary), and television tornado warnings do make for a chaotic evening.

But here in Tennessee all I have to do is a wait a few minutes … right?

8 comments :

  1. Dear Dave ... looks like that ANNOYING spammer got you again .. isn
    t that a pain ?
    Hey .. we are finally getting some sun today so I may get a little of my sanity back .. hope you have better weather soon too !!
    PS .. hope that spammer falls off the face of the earth as well ? : )

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  2. That burst of sunshine and blue skies is NOT a good thing in the middle of a thunderstorm...makes the atmosphere all the more unstable. I wish I could have seen you hastily running/walking to the safety of your home, lol. We received 4 inches of rain yesterday with all of the drama that goes with it..

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  3. No hail here but last night's weather was a bit harrowing. I hope we don't get anymore any time soon.

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  4. No hail in Knoxville either, but lots of rain and lightning. I hope there were no tornadoes there.

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  5. We were watching the radar as a tornado system headed right for us last night. There was lots of thunder and lightning, and yet more rain, but no damage, thank goodness. It did make for an interesting night! I believe we are up to normal with the rainfall now. I love the warm, but it is not normal, whatever the heck normal is anymore!
    Frances

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  6. Dave, I'm glad you didn't get any worse weather. Although rain is a nuisance it is necessary.
    We got tons of rain/high winds here yesterday as well as Tornadoes in the small town I live in. 25 homes are unlivable--hundreds more damaged. It will take some time to clean up & repair.
    Thankfully my home is ok. Just wet, wet & more wet.

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  7. We got the hail too. Only 5 minutes or so then everything stopped and the sun started shining. Nice to see the sun again, but that was weird.

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