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Storm at Night

Fallen apples after a severe storm Sept. 20, 2013.

A thunderstorm with potential to create a tornado arrived about 8:45 p.m. last night. As the front of the cell moved over our house, we went to the lower level and waited in a safe corner, staying tuned to reports from news outlets. The National Weather Service precisely described our location in one of its tornado warnings.

The early warning system and technology supporting it are pretty amazing.

There was no tornado or straight line winds I could see or hear, although when the sun rises I’ll inspect the property for damage. The forecast is for scattered and isolated thunderstorms beginning around 2 p.m. today. We’ve seen worse storms than last night in recent years.

Wednesday I went to the warehouse club to fill a new eyeglasses prescription. On the way I stopped at a hair salon for a trim. Stylist conversation was about spring planting and how far behind many farmers are. We shared observations that fields have standing water and many farmers haven’t planted. One more manifestation of community talk about excessive rain’s impact our lives.

Farmers are giving up on corn, as it is getting too late to plant. They’ll switch to soybeans if they can get in the fields. From where we are today, they need a solid week of drying before running planters in fields. Estimates are 31 million planned corn acres remain to be planted, a few days work with modern agricultural technology. Because of wet fields with forecasts for more rain, it seems unlikely many will make it before the mid-June planting deadline to get crop insurance. 2019 looks to be a year farmers remain viable through insurance payments, federal subsidies and smart planning. Getting into wet fields not only poses risks of reduced yield for a current crop, resulting soil compaction would affect next year’s planting. So we wait.

I ordered my eyeglasses, fueled my vehicle and picked up groceries. The garden was muddy so I focused on inside work, still waiting for the weather to break. Last night’s thunderstorm indicated Mother Nature is not ready for that.

2 replies on “Storm at Night”

While we did not get the severe weather last night, I walked into school to find my room being cleaned up because of leaks, caused by days of heavy rain. Around our elementary school rooms are wet. I’ve been back here in Iowa almost 20 years, and grew up here as well, and cannot remember a winter/spring combination like this one. The amount of cold, snow, and now rain and storms should make even the most ardent climate denier take pause and think, “What if they are right?”
My garden is not in, my seeds germinated very slowly and have grown so slowly that I’m trying to purchase plants late in the season. It would seem many people in the same boat because there are many plants still available.
Strange times we live in. Strange times, indeed.

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Thanks for the comment. I’m using this morning’s sunlight hours to plant what I can, onions and radishes still. Like you am way behind. Here’s hoping for a dry spell soon!

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