Ken Siemek had his time "in the spotlight" this evening. We got about 0.70" of rain during the night and early this morning, a cloudy day and by 4:00pm the tornado and thunderstorms warnings started coming in for our area. Ken has been the lead weather man for Channel 10/11 for the past 30 years and is a master at being able to get watchers excited about approaching storms. However, when we do have really dangerous conditions approaching, he does an excellent job. That was certainly the case this afternoon. Soon after this map was shown, there were reports of structural damage in Cordova.
We were invited to Hughes for the Seward family Mother's day dinner. We were just ready to set down at the dining room table when the tornado siren was sounded. We picked up a few things and went to the basement. Carolyn took her laptop along and she, John and Julie had their smart phones and Ben had his Ipad so we we had frequent updates on the weather. I went up once when a few good sized hailstones rattled the porch roof. It was pouring down rain, constant thunder and flashes of lightning. It didn't take me long to get back downstairs with the others. Julie was getting some excellent "storm chaser" information which kept us up-to-date on the storm. We had 3 1/2 inches of rain in the gauge. A good time was had by all. Happy Mother's Day