Friday, October 7, 2016

Rough Night at Copper Breaks

Donna and I did a hike yesterday morning. The skies were clear and it was quite warm. In fact, we complained about the heat several times. But this is West Texas, and the weather can change quickly.

About mid-afternoon yesterday, the skies to the north began to darken, and we could hear distant rumblings of thunder. We began watching the skies in earnest, and the radio station in nearby Childress began giving warnings, some of which were for our immediate area. At first, the storms seemed to be moving in a northeasterly direction and looked as if they would pass us by. But that changed. As the sun began settling toward the western horizon, it looked like we were almost completely surrounded by storm clouds and their lightning bolts.

We then had a hard rain, but only for 20 minutes or so. I hoped that would be the end of it.

I was wrong.

For the rest of the night, waves of rain moved through, most lasting only 20 or 30 minutes, but most of them very heavy. Sheets of rain pelted the trailer while thunder boomed overhead. If such storms scare you, don't get an RV. Hail was predicted on the radio, but fortunately, we did not get any.

After the storms moved in late yesterday, the temperature began to fall. It is 53 as I write this and still falling. The rains stopped about 3 this morning, but the wind continued to blow. The wind gets quite noisy in a trailer, and the gusts will rock you about some.

But it looks like we survived another storm in our little rig. It seems like whenever we come to this part of the state, we have some interesting weather. We camped in our Rockwood trailer at Caprock Canyons in August 2012 and endured a very violent storm there. Oh well, if you seek adventure, you have to take the bad along with the good.

Today is moving day. I'll soon start hooking up so that we can head on down the road to our next adventure. I still have a hike from Copper Breaks to post, and then I'll do my "On the Road" entry for our trip today.

I've posted a couple of pictures below, but they don't do justice to just how dark the skies were.

View towards the north. I just missed a lightning flash with this shot.

View to the east.

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