The sunrise might have given us some kind of warning. As I was sitting at my computer, that beautiful pink/orange light flooded my living room, so I ran outside with my camera and shot this. Funny, the roosters were crowing, but rather quietly.
Although it looks like a black and white image, this is actually color. It was crazy dark, with one layer of clouds moving very fast to the North, while the layer just above it moved very fast to the South.
I dodged a bullet as the tornado touched down twenty miles North of me. This picture is from a friend of a friend whose fence and roof were damaged as it rolled over their house, but thankfully all their pets and family were safe.
There actually have been tornados in California just South of me in years past. I distinctly remember seeing a 2x4 stuck through a palm tree, but usually they are not really strong. At least you won't see the devastation you see back East. Nevertheless, it's pretty nerve racking for us Californians!!
Thirty minutes later, the sky full of puffy white clouds began to clear up. No rain, no hail, no lightning and no amazing pictures.
Forty five minutes after the warning, blue sky prevailed.
When the turkey vultures returned to cruise the air currents, I knew the cell had passed me by completely.
The winds have picked up this morning so much so that it's hard to close the door. I think I'm in for a cold windy day ..... or maybe a little more Retail Therapy!!
I have a quick request this morning. Most everyone reads either his blog or his newspaper The Gypsy Journal ... friend Nick Russell is in the hospital for a few days in Southern California. Please everyone send your prayers his way for a speedy recovery.