All of these pictures were taken here yesterday.
Here's what's been going on in our "neck of the woods." Yesterday we had scary cloud formations. Shelf or wall clouds.... either one is enough to send me inside and maybe to the basement. I got a weather alert that a shelf cloud was approaching our area this morning again. I went out on the deck to tie up my big wind chimes and saw one forming to the east of us. We are cloudy and windy here, but not a storm yet.
I remember the first time I saw a wall cloud. I was visiting my daughter in Houston and my flight was about to leave from the airport to take me back to Illinois. The flight was delayed for a time.
We were able to board the plane and the pilot said that we would try to get out of there before the storm hit. I was a little nervous to say the least.
Once we were in the air the pilot spoke again. He told us to remain calm....that he would get us out of there safely. He told us to look below on the left side of the plane. He said that he had originally planned to take us where that cloud was, but now he would go above it. We fastened our seat belts and prepared for a bumpy ride.
The turbulence was terrible and everyone in the cabin was white knuckling it. When we landed at O'Hare....everyone applauded the pilot and crew. I entered the airport seeing my worried husband and son waiting for me. When I got home, I had to make a couple of calls to daughter and my folks. They were terrified here at home...seeing this monster storm on the TV.
I haven't experienced anything like that since then, but now I know what a wall cloud is and I am much more mindful of this kind of storm.
Well, our weather radio is telling of a storm approaching our county. Time for me to shut off the computer and watch the skies for a while.