Because we always like to entertain our guests:
Earlier today the National Weather Service suggested the chance of severe weather, including tornadoes.
The first wave of storms came this afternoon, with (as photographed by Erica Dakins) storms well north of Ripon:
So we went to Cedar Ridge Ranch for the farewell party, where food was eaten, horses were observed and video was shot for the next Ripon Channel Report (coming to a TV near you if you’re a Charter Cable subscriber in the Ripon area).
We had been home not one minute when our weather radio went off to report:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN FOND DU LAC COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN…
SOUTHERN GREEN LAKE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN…
* UNTIL 830 PM CDT
* AT 742 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MARKESAN…OR 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF RIPON…
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.
* THIS TORNADIC STORM WILL BE NEAR…
GREEN LAKE AROUND 755 PM CDT.
RIPON AROUND 805 PM CDT.
ROSENDALE AROUND 810 PM CDT.
So at least at the Prestegard house our French Adventure guest got to see what Americans who live in or near Tornado Alley do in tornado warnings: Head to the basement.
The storm went south and east of Ripon. If there was a tornado (and someone from Markesan apparently called the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department to report a tornado going over his house), it missed here.
But at least we got to see a rainbow (which you can only sort of see in this photo):