In late afternoon of June 24, 2011, a line of severe storms blew in from the north in to Walker County, GA. Damaging winds, lots of lightning, heavy rain, and penny to quarter sized hail were reported throughout the area. Locally heavy rain dumped close to 3 inches in some areas, including Chickamauga. Winds were strong and limbs and trees that were already weak from the past 2 months of storms finally gave up and fell. Deadly cloud to ground lightning electrified the air and more than 450 strokes were counted across the area within the entire line. We had four different rounds of hail that started as pea sized and ended in quarter size. This weather is extremely odd for us. We’re used to the occasional stray storm and I’ve always been fascinated by hail. I only remember a handful of times that it hailed in the last 30 years and over the last year I can remember at least 10 different times that these storms have brought hail. You know that the weather is different than it has been when trees that have stood for more than 60 years give up their grip on the Earth and fall. This is weather we are not accustomed to in the Tennessee Valley and people are beginning to wonder what is going on. Many people may think that it is the start of the end of times. Some put it off to earthquakes and tropical storms in the Pacific. This is actually regular summer time weather for us. The forecast everyday this coming week is low 90’s with isolated storms, some possibly severe- everyday. It is nothing to be worried about. Keep a weathered eye to the sky. We should all be getting pretty good at knowing the colors on the radar and we’ve learned that when the Weather Channel says “Take shelter now!” we should really take shelter now! I know it gets frustrating to see a severe storm every 2 or 3 days but in truth, we need the rain- probably not 2 inches an hour or with all the extras like hail and wind, but we do need it.
Reports of storm damage are still coming in from the storms in the Chattanooga area. Some notable areas include, and these are by no means in any kind of order:
- Walker County- Walker County Schools Science and Tech Center
- Chickamauga- siding and roof damage
- Rock Springs- trees down, limbs snapped
- Flintstone- trees down, limbs snapped
- Chattanooga- ponding of water on roadways, power lines down, trees down
Some areas lost pwer for a few hours. This area is beginnig to become frustrated with power outages due to storms. Wednesday morning, June 22, some areas of North Georgia were still without power from the possible tornado that blew through on Saturday, June 18 around 4pm. In this weather, it is uncomfortable to be without air conditioning for an hour, I can’t imagine being without power, without air conditioning, without refrigerated food, no stove or microwave, no televison or my kids’ worst fear- no video games. Imagine sitting in the heat not knowing when you will have power, burning candles for light and cooking on a grill. It’s fun for a little bit and the kids enjoy it like they would if they were camping but when bedtime comes and you have your windows open you start to get mad. Some people sat from Saturday until Wednesday evening before they had cool air and clean clothes. I feel truely sorry for these people. Make preperations now because it will happen again. We still have a long summer storm season ahead of us. You can see some videos of the recent storms on my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/bcraze79?feature=mhee. Feel free to email with any questions or comments at [email protected] or through this page. Follow me on tweeter for updates about the weather where ever I am when it happens.