Skywatch Friday – Springtime Skies


Wow, we had some storms Tuesday night and tornadoes all over green country. We were fine and everybody I know is fine but one unfortunate person died when their car got swept off a freeway interchange. The car was found a mile with the person’s body in it. Please don’t drive into high water folks, especially if it is moving quickly.


We are used to rain here. Tulsa gets an average of 43 inches per year and things dry out quickly. I found out in my research that the US average is 39 inches so we are not as drenched as I thought we were.


A final shot from my office window. I love the clouds. That is the Arkansas River off in the distance toward the left center of the photo.

I hope everybody is having a great and safe week!

I am linking with Skywatch Friday

22 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Springtime Skies

  1. Angie

    So sorry to hear about the person who died – at first I was connected “tornadoes” with “swept” and thinking high winds carried the car off the interchange. But I think you mean water … Yes, I think many people assume the car is heavy enough to maintain contact with the ground, and that is often not the case …

  2. Vicki

    We had heavy rain and tornado warnigs last Friday. Where I live our average rain is 54.8 inches. We have a lot of hurricanes though.

  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello, pretty sky and reflection. Lovely scenes and skies. It is not good to be in a car during a flash flood.
    I am glad you were safe. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend ahead.

  4. KlaraS

    We don’t have tornados here, but the winds have been awful lately….
    Thank you for hosting Skywatch Friday.

  5. Peter B.

    We get just a fraction of the rain you get, but driving across moving water causes problems even here. Especially true in the desert, where flash flooding is relatively common. The mantra is “turn around, don’t drown!!”

  6. junieper/Jesh

    Wow, your storms can be fierce! Great captures!
    I made a mistake with my first capture (it’s the wrong post!) but I don’t know how to delete it on the linky list- Sorry, I know you can on your linky dashboard.
    Enjoy your weekend, and hopefully without storms! Thanks for the comment on my blog (I don’t know if it automatically travels here, if I write it on my blog, so this is just in case)

  7. Alana

    I’ve never seen a tornado but I had an F1 make groundfall behind me almost 30 years ago (and I probably wouldn’t be here today if it was any stronger) my coworkers at the time saw the tornado but I didn’t. I also had a tornado pass over our house in Arkansas at about 5am and I can honestly say that was one of the scariest experiences of my life. I’ve been hearing of the bad weather in your part of the country. Those are stunning skies – I hope you and yours stay safe in this severe weather season.

  8. Unishta

    Trees and clouds – what a gorgeous canvas they paint ! Hope your springtime is filled with flowers . For us, the blossoms are soon going to wilt with the increasing heat.

  9. Nancy Chan

    Sorry about the person who died. We don’t have tornadoes here but even thunderstorm storms and strong winds can be scary. Stay safe and thank you for hosting. Happy weekend.

    1. Sallie

      I am such a weather wimp …am trying to learn to see the beauty in stormy skies (or pre- or post-storm). You get that. When we first traveled into tornado country, I laughed at the road signs that say things like “do not enter gully when flooded” … it seems rather obvious. But I guess we all need reminders. (Unless you’re a weather wimp like me. I’d already be inside the house with the doors locked just in case.)

  10. Driller's Place

    Yes…don’t ever drive into fast moving water. I lost a co-worker many years ago who did that exact thing. Also, do not take shelter under a bridge or overpass. The wind velocity is only accelerated through those openings. In severe weather just find a safe place and ride it out.

  11. Terri

    That second shot is so neat! Yes, I heard about the deaths. We’ve had several tornadoes in Arkansas lately. One yesterday while we were just a couple of miles away and we didn’t even know it. It’s wet as can be this year (I’m not that far from you) and our favorite camp is shut down from the flooding. Oh well, we will be begging for rain in August. Have a nice weekend.

  12. Linda

    Great looking clouds! I’ve never seen the funnel cloud but once I saw the green sky as a tornado drew near to our building at work. Then I moved away from the windows. It did not come our way after all.

  13. Gaelyn

    I remember spring bringing storms to Illinois. Now it’s summer monsoon. But Bryce only gets an average of 17 inches of precipitation a year.

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