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
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
The warning area started just to the west of
Grantsville, continued over into
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.
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.
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
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
Please remember the fallen on Sept. 11. We may
someday heal, but we will never forget the lessons learned that day.