Storm

November 1, 2019

BW photograph of a small waterfall created by a large storm.

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Last night, areas of the Mid-Atlantic were under a tornado warning as a strong cold front blew into much warmer air.  Fortunately, that did not happen; but a decidedly decent thunderstorm was created.  The ambient temperature at the time of the storm was around 74 degrees.  This morning, the temperature was down to 41 degrees.  Strong winds rattled the house and a heavy (as in the size of the drops), heavy (as in the overall amount) rain drummed down and against the outer walls.  This was accompanied by the requisite thunder and lightening.  It was a bit odd for October 31 and precluded any Halloween festivities.

BW photograph of a downed tree after a strong storm.

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BW photograph of a downed tree after a strong storm-diofferent view.

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BW photograph of a section of log deposited on a flat rock after a strong storm.

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BW photograph of debris collected against some rocks after a hard rain.

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BW photograph of a branch wedged against a rock after a hard rain.

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As such, it was not surprising to see the accumulated debris at Morgan Run deposited by the strong winds and swollen water.

BW photograph of sycamore trees against a clear blue sky after a strong storm.

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Such storms clear the air of particulate matter-the much colder air also leaves a crispness to the day.

(Photographer’s Note:  the use of a red filter will make blue skies go quite black.  Judicious use of a polarizer can also help.  This works nicely when there are bright highlights, such as the sunlit trunks of the trees, to create more contrast.)

BW photograph of a variety of leaves blown to the ground after a strong storm.

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Of course, those leaves blasted by the winds and pummeled by the rains have to go somewhere…gravity took care of that leaving a colourful matting scattered about the ground.  It a nice morning to be out and about.  One that cleared the senses as well.

Having said that, it would have been a much different morning had a tornado touched down.  We were fortunate.  On the other side of the country, the National Weather Service implemented an Extreme Red Flag Warning for parts of California due to extremely strong winds, which have exacerbated the current fire season.  Coping with these conditions have resulted in current hardships as well as the potential for future problems-how will residents be able to afford home insurance when the risk of total loss due to fire becomes omnipresent?

They could have used some of this rain.  The wind would have been best to have stayed away.

Take care.