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September 11, 2014

It was so hot and humid last Saturday that the atmosphere was like a pan of soup sitting on a stove. It boiled over.

I kept hearing thunder to the west, and checked the radar to see what was coming. It showed that severe storms were building up in Wirt County and heading our way.

Suddenly, the storms, which kept building up from the same spot, and then moving over top of us, incessantly dumping heavy rain, caused the National Weather Service in Charleston to issue a flash flood warning.

The warning area started just to the west of Grantsville, continued over into Gilmer County, and lasted for more than an hour.

Although it really rained hard in the holler, it never raised the creek very far above its banks. I’m certain that other areas close by got it worse, and the lightning and thunder were impressive to say the least.

Fortunately, all of this kerfuffle moved the nasty weather to the east and allowed all of us to enjoy beautiful weather, cooler with low humidity, on Sunday.

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We now have one humming bird visiting the feeder, after another one flew up outside our sliding door screen, did some acrobatics, said goodbye, and left the holler on Sunday. We expect the last remaining little bird to leave soon, probably this coming Saturday, while we are at Calhoun Days.

We will leave our one hummingbird feeder out for birds migrating from our north to stop by for a drink until freezing weather sets in.

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Right now, the weather service is calling for temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s for this Friday through Sunday, making this a perfect weekend to go to Calhoun County Park for Calhoun Days.

I will be there taking pictures for a while, and hope to see all of our readers there making memories and enjoying them-selves.

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Please remember the fallen on Sept. 11. We may someday heal, but we will never forget the lessons learned that day.

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