nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (nature)
It was a bit of a humdinger. The wind and blowing rain woke me up right after 2 AM. It was heavy but totally blown into heavy spray. I watched for a little while, then went back to bed. Just as I hit the sheets my phone went off with an alarm. Tornado warning! I stumbled out to the TV to see details. The radar indications they were seeing were about 10 miles south of me and moving northeast, so I was already in the clear. Another one started northeast of me (as the "bow" of the storm complex continued to move east). At that point I went back to bed. No closet camping this time for me. And I did get about 1" of rain, which is really good.

(FWIW, the civil defense sirens by me went off, but per usual I cannot hear them without silencing the TV and listening carefully. I'm between 2, about 1.5-2 miles apart. I don't know why they're not more audible to me. It may be the lay of the land; it's a bit hilly around here.)

I didn't see any damage, but I did hear that there are some fences and branches down. A lot of people elsewhere in the Metroplex lost power as lines were down, but probably no actual tornado, thankfully. No hail either. But winds were over 70 mph.

One of the meteorologists posted a radar movie of the entire storm formation as it developed in West Texas and moved through here. A full 24 hours (sped way up), from 8 AM Tuesday to 8 AM Wednesday. It's interesting to see how it just spontaneously arises, but then coalesces into a defined bow or shield formation. That is a typical pattern for springtime severe weather.

https://twitter.com/wfaaweather/status/847071673438359552

Next chance of storms, Saturday!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)

Likely severe. The first round is roaring through Oklahoma right now. "Our" storms are just going through Abilene and San Angelo. You can see it in motion right here, or here's a still.  Yellow boxes are Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, and green boxes are Flash Flood Warnings. (A Watch means that a condition may happen; a Warning means that a condition is happening.] Red boxes are Tornado warnings; there aren't any here, but there were some in Oklahoma earlier.



Our tornado risk with these storms is pretty low.  I think hail is, too. The main risk is for strong winds (50+mph), so I hope Marya will be okay.  She probably won't break (she's a pretty short, young tree) but her roots are pretty much still in a ball. A strong enough wind can knock her crooked! We did stake her down pretty nicely. Everything that can be done has been done.

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