Friday, February 21, 2014

21 February 2014 storm cells that pass in the night

Cassi Creek: 
          The cold front that slashed across the central U.S. yesterday threw a large squall line out ahead as if deploying skirmishers in a massive battle.
          There were several tornado warnings that caught my attention.  Throughout the day, various forecasts and updates were issued, all predicting that we would meet and greet violent weather in the late night/early morning hours.  Where we live, that’s like flying blind.  The valley walls deflect thunder and some winds until that particular cell drops into our laps.  Then we hope for a benign outcome.
          The predicted arrival time at our location was 0200. 
          We prepared for the winds as much as possible, did a little bit of security/gathering, and dropped off to sleep at about 0100. 
          The weather radio squawked at 0310  - severe thunderstorm, not us but close, 0325 – tornado watch #9 expanded to include us, 0355 – Severe thunderstorm , not us, 0415-severe thunderstorm, not us. 
          Prior to and during these alerts, we heard no thunder, saw no lightning, heard no rain.  After the 0415 alert, we heard rain rattling on the metal roof several times but no other disturbance took place. 
          This morning, the temperature has dropped markedly, there is blue sky, and the cold weather is due to return. 

          Somehow, we were not heavily affected by the spring portion of this storm.  That’s good.  

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