|It wanted to be a tornado so badly|
My dear friend Leah calls, and says that there's a tornado heading our way. My friend Rachel messaged me on facebook to let me know. While all that was happening, Jae and I were naturally nose deep in the computers checking all the current weather info. It was just weird and wacky outside, and did not seem right! I didn't know whether to lock every one in the barn, or turn them all out!
And just to give you an idea of what that cloud there looked like in motion, well.... it acted like it wanted to be a big brother to THIS. That's just a little too close for my taste. It was headed right at us, and then suddenly, shifted due east, passing with no concern.
After the first wave passed, I figured all was well, right? Front's past, scarey things are gone, time to check horses. HA!
I head out, and my place is SOAKED. I mean flat ground had easily 2 inches of standing water on it, and there were small rivers all over the property. That was a LOT of water that fell. My pond, which only a month ago was almost dry, is about to start overflowing it's banks. And then I noticed something weird.
|Looking across Iron Ridge to the west|
What is uncommon though, is to have TWO trains parked. One was located about where this is, and behind it, headed in the same direction (weird) is another train. The second train had unlocked most of it's box cars, and left them behind the road crossing, while pulling the engines in front of it. This left the train in 2 parts, but the road and crossing gates open for traffic.
So while I'm looking at it, and discussing the weirdness with Jae, we notice a dark mass on the horizon. More rain coming, well that's not too shocking!
|The clouds swelled on the skyline similar to this|
I tried to check the radar, but my phone wouldn't load the weather info. I'm sure at that point the cell service was overwhelmed with people calling friends and family to check on them. So of course, i ducked inside and pulled it up on the computer.
Great, that massive storm appearing from no where... yeah, more tornadoes!
My alerts start buzzing and saying "it's here, it's here" and then the hail started. At first it wasn't a big deal. A ding here, a bonk there. I looked out, and they were small bits, maybe pea sized at the largest. But it got worse. A louder thunk on the roof. A crack that sounded like it broke a window. I look out the front door, and see golf ball sized hail coming down way too steadily! I open the door to check on my poor car parked out with no shelter......
And there's Jaz running around his paddock like an idiot! Zire and Daltrey following him blindly (literally, since they are both homozygous).
|That just looks painful|
I rush out there calling their names, and Zire and Daltrey hear me. They start to walk to me, and then Jaz saw the umbrella. He bolts like a monster was after him, and the little boys, not knowing any better, follow right after him.
I said bad things. I admit it.
So I try to get around them. They have shelter... and a LOT of it, but it's a run in metal barn. I even had the light on inside it for the night blind kiddos! Ah, but what am I thinking... hail on a metal roof does NOT sound inviting to the ears of delicate pale colored horsies!
I jogged to the far end of the paddock, and Jaz bolts up to the barn. Whew, that wasn't so bad. Then he hears a bang, or got struck by hail, or something (who knows, it's Jaz) and spins on a dime and heads BACK to the far end. Of COURSE their paddock has the best grazing - and fewest trees - so they don't even have shelter naturally. My umbrella was making scarry noises at me, and I knew that the hail had to hurt. I couldn't just leave them out there!
I finally get them up, right at the entrance of the barn......and the weather went away. No rain. No hail. No wind.
Jae had come out, and was heading at me quickly, looking at the sky. Oh right, remember there was a tornado heading at us. Well, in my effort to save the stinking little orchid of a pony, I had forgotten that. Here I am with my pants wet to my panties, my boots soaked clean through (and I HATE wet socks!) and it's COLD and I'm grumpy.... and Jae's saying that it's supposed to be on top of us.
As quick as it stopped, the winds picked back up. This time it was warm air, just like a summer's breeze. Oh yeah, that freaked me out. But that warm air brought normal spring weather with it. A few sprinkles, a ton of lightning, and a light but realistic breeze. We stood there watching the lightning, looking to see if there were funnels revealed by it, but nothing strange.
And then the horses started calling each other. The trains started revving up and preparing to move, and my world was back to normal.
I've lived in this area a long time, and I've never had a night like this. Two storm systems, back to back, and both threatening tornadoes. Maybe it's just paranoia after the stories from Joplin, MO. Maybe it's just my own personal fear of losing loved ones (the 4 legged kind too) due to something I can't control. I don't know, and I hope I never have to find out.
But Jaz is still on my bad list for at least another day. Silly Arabian!