About 7 pm, I was sitting in my living room, which faces south away from the storm. I had turned off the AC and opened the front window several inches so I could smell and listen to the rain. Plus, I wanted to be able to hear any storm sirens if they sounded (which, thankfully, they did not). I was talking to a friend when I heard a sharp cracking noise -- and looked out my front window in time to see the tree in our front yard topple. Between the torrential rains completely saturating the ground and high wind gusts whipping between the buildings, it didn't stand a chance and was completely uprooted. How it missed the cars parked along the curb is anyone's guess!
I saw a lot of downed branches and large tree limbs en route to work this morning, as well as a few other trees that were uprooted during the storm and one carport that had it's roof blown off. There will be a lot of clean up going on across central and southern Wisconsin today, as well as southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and northern Illinois. What's more, we could see more of the same over the next few days -- high heat and humidity during the day, storms in the afternoon or evening. Fun!
Anyway, here are a few photos taken last night and this morning. The sunset pics were taken near the end of the storm, about 8:45 pm. As the storm started to quiet, I went to check the back of the building, to see if any trees or branches were down back there -- thankfully, only a few small branches, nothing major -- when I spied this bit of color between the buildings.
|Looking north about 6 pm, as storms moved in.|
|Taken shortly after 7 pm from front |
porch, during height of the storm.
|Sunset, looking northwest about 8:45 pm, |
as storm started to quiet.
|Looking at these, you'd never guess how violent |
the weather had been for hours before sunset.
|Taken this morning from driveway.|
|It looks like it took at least one branch of the curbside tree with it.|
|It narrowly missed the nearer red car, and another that was |
parked behind it. Seriously -- not a scratch on either car.