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Cool Breezes

May 4, 2011

Cool Breezes – Acrylic on Paper, 5 x 7″

Today the sun is bright, not a cloud in the sky, and it is breezy and chilly! Of course that’s why we are so ripe here in the deep south for the violent storms during the spring. The temperatures fluctuate wildly. But this is a rare cool spell for this late in the year. Tonight is forecast to be 41 degrees.

I don’t want to be depressing, but there are so many new videos showing what an EF-5 tornado can do, that I thought I’d show one, just because it was an eye-opener for me, even having grown up here. The death toll is over 300 and many are still missing. The number of tornadoes in that 24-hour period is determined to be over 300 as well — an all-time record.

Though there were pictures on national television, this video was produced from citizen footage of two small towns 65 miles southwest of here. It shows very graphically the awesome power of these storms.

This particular massive storm passed by us, moving northeast, at a distance of maybe 20 miles to the west of here. This was just one of the supercells that went through here. We need an in-ground shelter!

Today my husband Jim and I went to the grocery store and picked up some items for donations for the Phil Campbell, Alabama, relief effort. There was a collection cart at the front of the store, for which I was grateful. I’d been feeling helpless and guilty for not being more involved in the volunteer effort. But this way we could at least contribute some very much needed items. Among other things on the list were baby supplies — baby wipes, disposable diapers, and baby food. Those three things were what we chose to put in the cart.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:38 am

    I just love these beautiful soft but bright colours. And am so very sorry to hear of the loss of life and destruction caused by the tornados. I am very relieved that the last massive storm missed your immediate area but am just so sorry that they are so frequent, and so bad. We don’t normally get tornados in NZ but the day before yesterday there was a bad one in two Auckland suburbs which caused a huge amount of destruction in the areas it passed over, and one fatality (which I realise is very much less than the fatalities in the US but unusal for here).

    • May 5, 2011 5:42 am

      Glad you like the painting, Sandra. I didn’t even know NZ got tornadoes. Amazing. They seem to be more and more frequent here, or maybe it’s my imagination combined with bad memory.

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