I don't know how many people have paid attention to the weather in North Texas the last 24 hours but it's been pretty severe indeed.
Yesterday was Wednesday and we have a random draw doubles mini on Wednesday night. My buddy Barry called me around five asking if we were still having it and I told him I'd come out to the park and we'd have a beer and see what the weather was going to do.
When I got ot the park, there was five or six people waiting on me and the weather was just starting to get fired up. If you've never seen an afternoon thunderstorm in Texas or Oklahoma this time of year, they are something to witness. As the rain came so did the wind and Terry decided to leave, he figured he'd go wait at the house as he only lives a few blocks away. Good for him that he made that decision because less than five minutes after he left, we heard a loud crack. Not thunder but a huge limb off of the Pecan tree but the parking lot. It came crashing to the ground right where his car was parked and it's a brand new Toyota. Extremely lucky.
After that it didn't take long for the rest of to move our trucks to the other side and out from under the other trees. So we all sat in our trucks and waited for the storm to pass.
Jeff dialed up the radar on his phone and we watched, trying to get a better idea of how long it was going to be for it to pass and if we were even going to able to play. While we were waiting, Britt called and he and Mike were on the way and wanted to know if we were still going to play. I told him we're still not sure but come on out.
After some 30 to 40 MPH winds and small hail and a heavy downpour it started to lighten up. We all got out and watched as the thunder and lightning moved off to the east and a light drizzle continued.
Around 7pm, we finally agreed that the six of us that stuck around would go ahead and play. We drew and started the round. Water was pooled everywhere and the creek was running pretty good. I learned later that we recieved around two inches of rain in the hour while we waited. Barry lost a disc on the second hole we played, hole 18 in the creek on the left side of the fairway.
On our thirteenth hole we noticed another front trying to build to the west, behind the first one and decided we had better pick up the pace. By the time we finished that hole and started the next I knew we had better just stop and seek shelter again. We no sooner made the parking lot when the sky unleashed again and everyone decided to hell with the payout, throw it in the ace pot, so I did.
That was first two waves of thunderstorms that continued to rage all night. I was awakened around three to the sound of hail and thunder again. Then yet another round when I got up to get coffee around seven was just firing up.
I lost power a couple times this morning making it hard to work as I work from home. When I turned on the TV to watch the weather around ten, it was a huge mass of color going from east of Dallas to west of Fort Worth.
Several small tornadoes were reported last night when the first wave went through the area, along with straight line winds in excess of 80 MPH. The highest recorded where I live was only 65, with a little hail and a ton of rain.
There was over 1400 power outages in DFW with a ton of felled trees. Some sustantial structural damage has been recorded as well as overturned trucks due to the high winds. The last I heard the area I live in recieved between seven and eight inches of rain in a seventeen hour period.
What a fun round of golf even if it was called and what an exhausting night of storms. I'll tell ya what!