The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Monday, May 05, 2008

Ma Nature's Fury

Here you have it, my "Odd Shots Monday" shot. Bf actually took me on a detour to this spot that he knew about for the sake of an "odd shot" opportunity... so sweet. In order to participate in "Odd Shots", visit Katney's blog. I will post about the very active and deadly weather weekend shortly. Well, as I said, it was a very active and horribly deadly weather weekend. I was out of pocket, forced into a weather hiatus by the Relay for Life, which is finally over for the year. It was a busy weekend for me. I woke early Friday morning (of course, knowing about the potential outbreak in Arkansas) and I head out to the Relay for set-up and preparation around noon. I worked there until about 9AM, Saturday morning, only getting pockets of stolen sleep when I literally fell asleep typing in numbers (I was the accountant). I left and got an hour of sleep, then headed to Mini-Dew's state competition, falling asleep on the way back at about 9:30PM. Rough day. The cool part was that they chose me to go up in the ladder truck to capture "aerial photos" of the relay event. That was thrilling.

It wasn't until I got up Sunday morning, that I learned the extent of the weekend's weather destruction, and only today have the boosted the death toll resulting from Tropical Cyclone Nargis's landfall. Since I have mentioned that, let me go ahead and start with that. I horribly devastating tropical cyclone ravaged the shores of Yangon, the largest city in Mynamar in Southeast Asia, with its population of 6.5 million people. That tropical cyclone slammed into that city with 120 mph winds, which would make that storm the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane on our Saffir-Simpson Scale. Unfortunately, the death toll now has been lifted to almost 4,000 lives lost, up from the estimated 250 I heard on Sunday. Here is a link (click here) to an article about that storm.

Back in the US, I mentioned in my previous blog that there was a potential for a tornadic severe weather event. Unfortunately, it turns out that was a deadly tornadic severe weather event, killing at least 7 people, damaging or destroying about 400 homes. (Check out an article about it by clicking here.)There were a total of 63 tornado reports, with 10 confirmed tornadoes in Arkansas during this outbreak. You know what that does to the trend chart showing an amazing season this year...My heart and heart-felt prayers go out to all those impacted by the storms this weekend.

Of course, Sunday did bring some hope to the wake of devastation. There was a tremendous amount of coverage of the recovery of Greensburg, KS. Greensburg was devastated when a catastrophic EF5 destroyed 95% of that city, one year ago Sunday. There were inspirational stories of survival and rebirth shared throughout the day. Here is an article about the anniversary of that horrific and historic event. (Thanks, Jason for that link.) I can't imagine how difficult it has been for residents of Greensburg, to live through such loss, and to hang in there through the process of revitalizing the town as a "Greeen Town". God bless all of you!



  1. I am not sure I would want those hands massaging me. lol. Sunny in Wisconsin this morning. Later possible scattered showers. Just in case you didn't know. ;) xo

  2. Great odd shot.Some sculpture.
    Just had to look at the lightening pic again. Amazing.

  3. LOL, Beth. Pretty freaky, huh? Have you ever seen a sign like that?! Thanks for the weather report. I am really hoping to have a chance at storm chasing while I am up there... we'll see I guess.

    Babooshka, Very bizarre. BF and I were both like... oh, yeah, we've got our "odd shot" right here. Glad you enjoyed my lightning catch so much! :O)

  4. Hi Dew. Another great post and a great Odd Shot...
    I am more aware of the weather now and check back here after I see anything on the news.

  5. Thanks, Wom... (lol, WOM?!) I'm so glad you are enjoying my blog. I love talking about weather. I'm glad you can count on me. :O)

  6. K, those hands are fantastic. What an ingenious idea for the Massage school! Great piece of artwork.

  7. I have a feeling "something wicked this way comes" concerning hurricane season this year.

  8. Interesting hands with message. . . come and see mine.

  9. I don't know what happened to my comment so trying again.

    Interesting hands for the message. Gets one's attention. Good choice for ODD SHOTS.

  10. I love your posts. they bring me a bit of the terror of living where you are. Where millions of people live. I can't imagine what it must be like. Thank you.

  11. Your BF certainly knows an odd shot when he sees one.

  12. Michele, It was an oddity... kind of freaky to me, but kind of cool, also. It is a very unique and appropriate concept for a massage school.

    Rick, I had the same exact thought this morning, when they were talking about YET ANOTHER tornado outbreak today and tomorrow. It should be a season to be reckoned with... hopefully not as bad as 2005.

    Paulie, I thought so too. I will gladly check yours out.

    Andree, Thanks! It's not terrifying being where I am. Nothing seems to happen HERE. Where are you from...?

    Katney, He certainly does, and he's such a sweetheart. Every Sunday, he tries to make sure that I have one. Funny and sweet man.

  13. Hi Dew..
    'womtigley' is a play on my name.. Tom Wigley.
    It goes way back to my school days when a pakistani lad in my class would get bullied. If he knew I was near by he would shout for me to stop the bullying... but he always got my name wrong... if you say the name with a pakistani accent you can just imagine how it sounded. I still have one or two folk from way back that call me 'womtigley' and Ali is still about Hyde and I see him now and again.

  14. Thanks for the explanation, Tom. It made me chuckle.

  15. Interesting post. Relay or Life is a great fund raiser, We just had ours last weekend. This was the second year our family has been involved in Relay for Life. I am already looking forward to next years event.

  16. Thanks, Andrea. This is my 11th year (I think) with Relay. It is definitely a terrific cause!

  17. That is a perfect odd shot and sign. Your posts are always great and informative.

  18. Thanks, Jonna. I really thought so too. I appreciate your comments. :O)


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