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December 6th, 2013

Ping, Ping, Ping...

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The pinging it annoying sounding, but I'll take it over the freezing rain. The pinging sleet is my friend.

We got a thin layer of freezing rain last night, but then it switched over to sleet which is has been doing all night and morning. But the sleet doesn't build up on the trees and power lines and create the apocalypse like 2009.

It is just now switching to snow mixing with the sleet. But I think there is another 6 hours to go before it moves out.

I'll post pictures when I feel like venturing further than the porch.

December 4th, 2013

So I went for a night walk down the street (2 mile round trip) with my roomie tonight, Dec. 4th, in SHORT SLEEVES!!! We broke a record high today I think. However, it will come with a price. This time tomorrow there will be ice and snow and OH MY! As long as it doesn't reach 2009 Ice Storm levels, I'll survive. I never, ever want to repeat that. That was worse than a tornado system.

It's looking like Friday off work looks like a given. So hopefully I'll have power/internet so I can write some things that are coming up soon.

And my favorite tweet of the day came from Jim Cantore with the Weather Channel who has been all but banned from my town.

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I have a feeling his wink was in response to this that a local radio station created after the 2009 Ice Storm:

November 18th, 2013

The town of Brookport, IL was hit by a tornado yesterday. At least three in the town have been killed. I've been seeing on Facebook that there is an 11 year old boy in critical condition with a head injury. Today, I purchased $64 worth of immediately needed supplies (cleaning supplies, plastic storage, personal hygiene, headache relief meds, water, etc.) and took to one of the churches that are gathering supplies.

If any on my F-List would like to donate to a worthy cause, I've added a link below. Due to Brookport being a low economic area, there are not many direct online donation links monetary wise. Most are taking cash/check donations locally. Brookport falls under the St. Louis Chapter of the Red Cross, but I wouldn't trust that the money would make it down from St. Louis.

For the Pets
There are many, many displaced pets from the storm. A local vet clinic is doing free work on injured pets and the animal shelter in Metropolis, IL is organizing pet rescue and housing pets in hopes to get them reunited with their owners. This animal shelter could use donations for finding extra space to house the animals along with food and supplies. I know many of you are pet lovers, so I figured this would be a good online way to help raise money in support. Just visit the website link below and the Paypal donation link is on their home page.


If something else comes help for online donations that I know will go directly to Brookport, I'll let you know.

November 17th, 2013

Thinking of Brookport, IL

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This is about 4-5 miles west of my house. They took a direct earlier from a tornado that crossed the Ohio River from KY into IL. There's been one two three confirmed death and they have been transporting injured to the hospitals over here. Since the tornado sirens stopped, all I've been hearing are the emergency sirens of the crews from my area heading back and forth over the river to help.

Not a good day for our area... :(

ETA: Link to a Facebook Gallery of Photos from Brookport, IL Posted by Someone

ETA2: Video from Barge Worker on the River as the Tornado Passed Over (Warning for Some Language)

June 1st, 2013

Gotta Love the Weather...

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ETA: They just used my video from this morning on The Weather Channel while they were talking to our town's mayor about the flooding.
The 2nd Video I linked below...

We missed the tornadoes so far and I'm glad all those that went to see Mark Harmon in OKC are okay.

However, early this morning (and it's still going on) we received more rain in 3 hours than the monthly average for the month of June. And it's going to be raining more the rest of the day.

There was minor flooding on my street, but it has gone down. However, several streets are still under several feet of water in my town. Scary stuff.

Below the cut are some videos and pics I took between 6:00am to 6:15am this morning.

In other news, my sinus headaches have finally receded. So perhaps this front passing through was the culprit.

Cut for Pictures and Videos )

December 24th, 2012

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Apparently there is a blizzard on its way towards me. We're all doing Christmas in the morning with mom's family and then booking it home before the snow hits.

I think I'll be content with the snow as long as there is no ice (2009 flashbacks *shudders*) and the tornadoes are staying to the south. Everyone else be safe that may be in the storm's path.

March 2nd, 2012

So... the last few days haven't been pretty around here.

Wednesday in the early morning (5am-ish) we crawled out of bed to tornado sirens and went to the basement for about an hour. Luckily the storm broke up and the tornado on the ground found jumping back and forth over the Ohio River interesting, so we didn't have anything from it. However, it did do some damage nearby including destroying a few mobile homes.

Then today everyone knew the storms were coming. And they came. When it came over us, our office caught the hail while the rotation part was a few miles over in a different part of town. Haven't heard that any confirmed tornado touched down around town, but there were wall clouds and funnels spotted. So we dodged a bullet. It also broke a record high just before the storm by reach 80 degrees and then dropped down to like 50 after...

Other places have not dodged unfortunately... Harrisburg, IL is just an hour north of me and then there's all the other places like So. Indiana and the rest of Kentucky. And those still getting storms tonight. Everyone be safe out there!

Below is the videos I took of the hail prior to the tornado siren going off (listen for that at the end). The boss vacated us from the office and took us to his house a few minutes drive away to wait it out in his basement. He had two trees uprooted behind his house, but they were far enough away not to fall on anything.