From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Stormy sunset

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



First Christian Church in Hopkinsville, after the storm

After hard rain and strong winds this afternoon, darkness finally extinguished the unnatural yellow of the sky. Tonight we have severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches. I suspect that the sky would still be a strange color if we could see it. Here's an example of one of the bulletins that has been issued by the National Weather Service this evening:

At 727 PM CST... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms producing nickel size hail... and destructive winds in excess of 80 mph. These storms were located along a line extending from 10 miles west of Dawson Springs to 8 miles south of LaFayette... moving northeast at 55 mph. This storm has a history of producing winds that have been measured at 60 to 70 mph... and large hail. This is an extremely dangerous situation. Seek shelter now inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows!

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