Sunday afternoon of the weekend before Hurricane Isaac came through the state the weather was perfect for a late summer day at Lake Washington in the Delta. Things were pretty quiet here at the lake, but in the bean fields and cornfields in the area it was a different story. Sunday was no day of rest as planters were hurrying breakneck trying to harvest fields that were ready to be harvested because they had already been alerted to Isaac.
You wouldn't have known it by the weather that day. Or even the next for that matter. Monday mid-state was about a pretty a day as you'd want. A little warm. But it's August, after all. Years ago, farmers would have been in the dark about the impending storm in as little time as a day out. Maybe an old timer would have look up at the ragged little clouds in the clear sky and think something odd might be up if he saw it.
Even Tuesday's sunset sun-bathing the clouds. But I wonder even then if they'd have any idea 200 miles inland that the storm was already soaking the coast because at the same time the nearly full moon rose in a nearly clear sky mid-state.
Wednesday's clouds were different. This was no summer storm. This was bigger and would last longer. Ole timers would be calling attention to what was ahead by now. And attention would immediately turn to the crops back then, as it has this year. The corn is all but harvested. Much of the beans. But the cotton, which is just now setting bowls here in mid-state is far from being ready to harvest. And it's an excellent crop this year. Will it make it through hours of wind and rain and still turn out?
Too late to think about it now because by then the rain sets in: hard rain and blustery winds. Angry clouds fly across the sky between the downpours. And it sets in that way and it stays that way for a night and a day: rain and wind and angry clouds. All of nature is confused at this uncharacteristic weather.
The biggest difference between those days and these days is, because of radar and satellite data and computers that can digest the past and tell the future, we can see them days before they get here. But once they get here just like in decades past the only thing to do is wait them out and then assess the damages and then be thankful for what was spared.
Monday, May 20 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:21:00 GMT
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Jackson police have released the identity of the man found dead in a west Jackson house Monday morning.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
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Monday, May 20 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:37:07 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears a disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:58:33 GMT
For Trooper First Class Kervin Stewart, law enforcement, specifically the highway patrol, has always been a passion. "I just enjoy being a trooper. I like the freedom and the ability to interact withMore >>
For Trooper First Class Kervin Stewart, law enforcement, specifically the highway patrol, has always been a passion.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
So when the school started planning for the commencement, Flake said she was shocked to find out that she was not among those chosen to speak.More >>
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