Saturday, March 3, 2012

Once Again...Crazy Indiana Weather

March always has surprises for us Hoosiers.  I can remember wearing shorts in March... and I remember wearing coats in March.  We always have our rain boots ready for March, and sometimes we get to pull out sandals.
You just never know in Indy.

Yesterday was my daughters first "evening" of Spring Break.  It also is the first Spring Break whereas my Girls are not running off to some warmer climate such as Florida or Texas to "celebrate SB".  College Spring Break Style... But not to be for them this year. While many of their buddies loaded up for some fun in the sun, my girls will be home in Indiana.  Annie will be working in Muncie, as her Summer Abroad Program to London nears.  Emily is also working, as a Student Teacher here in Indianapolis, with her 1st graders that will not have Spring Break for a few more weeks.

Back to the weather...
Yesterday was one of those CRAZY  WTH? kind of weather days.  The sun didn't shine much and when it did peek out it was eerie.  We had wild thunder storms, strong winds and big booty hail.  And the tornadoes ripped across the Southern part of our state as well as Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois.
Henryville IN 3.2.12
The photos circulating are amazing.  I can't even imagine what it would be like to capture such strength on film. I so appreciate them sharing their talent with us to see.

We have been close to tornadoes but never in a devastating situation like you see on the news.
I remember a few years back, Tornadoes ripping within a mile of us, tearing through a nearby neighborhood as well as shopping area. Damage everywhere.  That day I was doing laundry. I had the windows opened and remember a strange hot breeze coming through (in March). I returned into the laundry room, where I heard a faint train sound... reappearing into the kitchen to see that our trampoline was gone. The weights were still in our yard, but the trampoline was completely gone, as well as the top of three of my neighbors pine trees.  We later found the trampoline two doors over, mangled into twisted metal. We were so lucky.
I also remember as a child, a friend being caught in the middle of one.  She was hiding in the hall closet... the hinges of the door ripped across her (scarring her), but not as badly as the sight she saw of their rabbit pins flying as well as her dog...

Living in the Midwest, we do get a variety of weather changes. We get 4 seasons, in which I very much appreciate..

Today in Indy we had a high of 37 and a low of 27.  Annie and I saw snow earlier on the north side.  Last week, I didn't even need a jacket! My tulips and daffodils started raising their little green stems and I am hoping this cold front doesn't destroy them.

I am so ready for Spring!

Only in the Midwest!


Linda said...

I positively detest severe spring/summer weather, especially tornadoes and it's the one thing that I totally dread about this season and why I was happy for cold wintry weather today for one day longer at least, because in the winter, my spirit is calm and I don't have to worry about tornadoes.

My family was greatly affected by the Harrisburg, Illinois tornado earlier in the week - it's where all of my Mom's side of the family is from.

My heart goes out to everyone who had to experience this horrible filth of nature (that's what I call tornadoes). Yes, indeed, I wish with all my heart that God never created such attrocities.

Glad you all are safe in Indiana.
Linda ♥

Julie Harward said...

I don't know how you can stand such scary weather?!! Even the story of Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz scared me! I hope there is no more of this back there.

mary i said...

Glad you and yours are OK!! I live in Tuscaloosa AL. Me my Bathtub dog and husband were best friends on 4/27/11.. Yes the sound of a "train" never leaves your mind... problem is we live right next to one... Still spring is on the way...:)

Scott said...

I sweated through 13 years of no basement where my wife had to retreat to the bathtub to feel safe. Thankfully, we again have a basement to which we can retreat in stormy weather, and I hope never to be without again. Surprisingly, other than some heavy rain, we escaped with very little last week. I'm very thankful for that, but my heart breaks for those in the southern part of our state.

Lori ann said...

yipes! good to hear you are safe janis. saying a prayer here for all those affected by this scary weather.
xxx lori


Happy to hear from you Janis and to know all is well there. I'm sending prayers to all those in the storm areas.
Have a great week.
Blessings, Barb

Bee Lady said...

So sad about all of those people in Henryville. I'm thankful it didn't continue on up our way. SPring is my favorite season but I don't like tornadoes.

Cindy Bee