September 15th, 2006

Weather - Dr. George

Dodged a bullet tonight

A couple hours ago, I noticed the NEXRAD was showing a large storm bearing down on my location, complete with a tornado vortex signature and inch-and-a-half hail!

I covered my car with blankets and tied them down with rope, just in case of hail, and we started moving the deck chairs inside and shutting up the windows, and finally we cut off the power from the pole outside, just in case of a power surge caused by lightning.

Fortunately, the storm squeaked by just to the northwest.  It was pretty energetic, with some very impressive bolts of lightning less than 2 miles away, and the wind was pretty strong (I'd say about 20-25 knots), but we didn't get any rain, let alone hail.  The tornado apparently dissipated while it was some distance away.

Too bad it was dark out, I'd have liked to have seen the storm.

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