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Tuesday, June 14

Life After Tornadoes

I've missed you guys.  ALOT!!  I know I've been a bit lax lately about writing on here, and I honestly had several  recipes I was going to share with you all by the beginning of May, but then Mother Nature decided to play a VERY cruel game with my neck of the woods, and things haven't been the same since.  Alabama got SLAMMED with tornadoes on April 27th, 2011...and our whole world changed in an instant.

For those who know me on Facebook, I run a local weather group...Etowah Weather Watchers.  We're an open group who keeps a close eye on the weather in our county (Etowah), as well as all the surrounding counties (Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dekalb, Marshall and St Clair).  I actually have a program on my laptop that gets real-time NEXRAD radar, as well as satellite imagery...the whole she-bang.  On that particular day, the northern half of our state was under a TorCon rating of 9 (tornado condition ratings go from 1 to 10...10 is the worst).  As I watched the weather develop that day, I knew we had severe trouble coming...little did I know that the term "severe" wouldn't even come close to what we were facing.