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Friday, September 7, 2012

Scary Skies of September

I've seen quite a few photos of this weird storm that happened on September 4th, so though I have lots more news from Cascade Bluff to report in an upcoming post, I thought I'd better get busy and get these pix out there! 

Val and I were watching the late afternoon skies on Tuesday, as we were toasting the 20th Anniversary of our Commitment Ceremony (on the 5th) and mourning that Val had to head to the city for a few days early in the morning... When things started to look a little gloomy...

This big dark front moved in pretty quickly...
 Still, at first it wasn't all that ominous looking... Big puffy white clouds mixed in with the dark ones and patches of blue behind...
 Then things started to look really strange. We noticed this dark gray hump forming over the lake, with a pointy cloud above it... Looked almost like a mountain range had appeared before our eyes...
 The sky directly west turned one of those sickly colors that tells you a really nasty storm is coming... and these "roller clouds" started to form...

 Back out over the lake, the drama increased...
 Whoa... holy cow...
 Green tinged sky... never a good thing... and those cone-shaped tendrils dropping down off that lower cloud sure looked like little twisters starting to form...
 Getting bigger and stronger...
 Oy vey...
 Never seen anything like this before... A greenish curtain dropping from the skies...
 The wind was wild and crazy by this time... Lots of thunder and lightning, and one very unhappy kitty... Rosie hates thunderstorms, and she was hiding in her usual spot behind a bunch of cartons, growling away...Poor kitty...

 Really freaky looking, isn't it? 
All this wonderfully awesome cloud activity was followed by about 20 minutes of driving rain, wind and howling... about 1/4 of an inch by our rain gauge... 

And then... peace reigned again....

No damage done, no trees down, just a traumatized cat (for a while, until she forgot all about it) and some much needed moisture. We've heard that this peculiar looking storm was brought about by the current wildfires brewing again in the BWCA about 50 miles northeast of us. We sincerely hope that we won't be seeing a repeat of last fall's huge Pagami Creek fire. Cross your fingers for rain for the north woods, folks!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, pretty cool to see the entire formation of the event not just the one cloud I saw on your laptop. Would have been cool to witness but glad we had nice weather during my visit. You ordered it special, right? Sunburn is fading a bit so will just look like I have on blush tomorrow when I head back to work. Miss you guys, Rosie and the north wood already. Rox

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