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I had been watching the storms in Missouri on radar all day. Starting at 2 PM they made a right turn into NW Arkansas; by 3:15 we had a Severe Thunderstorm Warning here in Newton County Arkansas. The skies darkened quickly and by 3:40 it was like night time here. I grabbed my Canon G15 point and shoot camera. Much of the leading dark clouds had already passed. I took photos to the west and southwest from my front yard. At 3:50 we had 2 Tornado warnings in Newton County; one just NE and one just due E of me. Fortunately, we did not get the worst weather. I don’t think the skies were quite as dark and the photos reveal but very close. I believe the light sky in the SW closed the aperture of the G15 down a bit:

 

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Looking West

Looking Southwest

Looking Southwest

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After a day of severe storms, we had a clear breezy and cooler day (68F). In tyne evening we got a few light wrap-around thundershowers from the big storm in progress in the midwest and south. It look fiery, just a tornados were ravaging our sister state, Mississippi.

 

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Yesterday, I noticed a pair of Northern Orioles (Baltimore) working together to weave a nest. They were so “deep” into their work that they didn’t notice me only 30′ away. They have been eating mulberries by the hundreds every day; the supply is plentiful on one tree in particular. The female mostly weaves while the male watches.

We are expecting lots of rain and strong storms (possibly severe) over the next 3 days with a slow moving front. There is plenty of moisture in place here; its been so hazy I can’t see the mountains:

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We got about an inch of snow in Murray Valley last night; more in the high country and along the mountain ridges. I am expecting heavy rains and thunderstorms over this coming weekend. I believe this storm will be large enough and slow moving enough to bring the rivers and creeks up. That is good news long term, but not so good news for hikers and canoeists planning this weekend.

It seems the warbler migration has gone on hold for now; so I am concentrating on woodpeckers again. They are nesting now,  as are the chickadees and Carolina wrens. The bluebird situation is disturbing for now. It seems, for the first time, I have a large influx of English sparrows (House sparrows) that are taking over every bluebird house; and because the weather is cold, the bluebirds have stopped nesting and are not defending their houses.

Here is a photo of a Red-headed woodpecker from here in the Murray Valley; they are such showy birds. I’m glad we have a few:

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Red headed woodpecker

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It appears that the bulk of the rain and storms has gone north of the Parthenon area; maybe redevelopment later ? We need more rain.

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