On Sunday afternoon (at around 2:30) the National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for all of northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky until 8:00 PM. It was the usual warning of severe thunderstorms, lightning, damaging hail, possible tornadoes, and the potential extinction of our species. This warning included our county, but we were on the lower edge of the warning area. Pictures started appearing on Facebook of massive lightning bolts and large hailstones. One fella had in his hand a hailstone and a baseball; the hailstone was the same size as the ball, so his was no exaggerated claim.
Here, on Piney Mountain, our dogs sat out on the porch watching the neighborhood. Unconcerned as could be. The skies were cloudy, but there was no evidence – even to them – of bad weather. At supper time they came in and we began our Sunday evening NASCAR race watching festivities. At 8:15 PM it began thundering. By 9:00 the lightning was flashing, the thunder was rolling back and forth across the sky and the rain began to fall. I’m happy to say all we got out of it was a torrential rain … and thunder and lightning. Lots of thunder and lightning. Read the rest of this entry »