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.

Friday, April 07, 2006

More Stormy Weather

Life in Christian County, Kentucky... More About Trees and Plants...





The lilies-of-the-valley seemed grateful for the hard rain this afternoon. Thunder and lightning doesn't frighten them, and they are so close to the ground that wind doesn't bother them much either. The worst thing they have to fear is hail, but they don't waste time worrying about things like that. Their energies are devoted to blooming, making seed, and sending up new shoots from their roots. Many of them have their buds made already. It's nearly time to bloom, and today's rain was refreshing and envigorating.

The tornado watch that has been in effect all day ended at 8 p.m., and a new one that doesn't expire until 4 a.m. took its place. Some bad clouds passed over at about 7 p.m. We could see that it was getting ready to storm and the weather watch mentioned hail, so we put both cars on the carport and parked the truck where no trees should fall on it. Nothing bad has happened, but we are prepared as best we can.

As the worst of that squall line was hitting, I heard the announcer on WHOP (Hopkinsville) radio say that the tornado sirens had been turned on in Hopkinsville, but there was no tornado. Apparently a trained weather spotter saw a dangling funnel cloud which was then sucked back up into the cloud. Yes, we are all a little spooky here!

We are more vulnerable in many ways than the little flowers are.

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