Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tasty Herbs, and Trout. All have been signs that Spring is finally here in Missouri. Even the mix of rain, sleet and snow as of this posting isn't dampening my spirits. I feel renewed and refreshed by the warmer weather and SUN that has been greeting us--although fleetingly--lately. What follows are three glimpses of spring that makes this weather lover and outdoor enthusiast smile.
March 10 -- Thunderstorms...Tornado
March 10 gave us three "firsts" this year. The first day above 70°, first day with thunder, and first tornado warning (and confirmed EF0). The temperature climbed up to 74° under a sunny sky, the climax of a week's worth of rising temperatures. In the spring, though this usually brings the same anticipation as climbing up the hill on a rollercoaster. You know that after you peak, you're in for a rough ride. And, to a point, we did on that Wednesday.
I hurried to get the steaks grilled that afternoon (oh, another "first" for the year) as I could see the dark clouds coming in, and even reports of Severe Weather in the area. We had a little storm pass around 4:30 pm. By bedtime, I had no reason to believe there would be any more severe weather. I was awaken at 10:30 with the town's tornado siren, and thought "surely that couldn't be!". Sure enough, there was a doppler indicated tornado south of the area, moving slightly to our East. After some tense moments, the storm passed with no incident. Fulton spotters reported 1" hail, but I didn't have anything at my location. Appropriately, this was Missouri's Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Picture taken on March 12. The plants in the middle are Columbines, and Chives are popping out of the ground. I was able to use some on my potatoes and trout dinner a couple of days ago. Tasted like summer!
Trout season opens March 1st in Missouri, and I made my first outing last Wednesday. It was a cloudy morning, but the sun peeked out after noon. It was a magnificently fulfilling day. I can't imagine a better way to view God's beauty than the Missouri outdoors.
1st Day of Spring
Today is the first day of spring (as of 12:32 pm), and we have 2" of snow predicted for the area. 62° by Tuesday.