Last night it was all wind, rain, hail, lightening and yes, tornadoes over our town. At 11:30 pm my device was altering me to tornado rotation over our town. We got up and went into the basement to wait it out. The wind was loud, the hail was hard, and the lightening was fierce. By midnight it was over and time for bed. This morning I found hail damage to the roof of my horse barn. The plastic skylights now have holes in them. But the horses were fine, the house, vehicles and livestock were fine. Today the winds picked up and the temperatures dropped. It is in the 40's and cold pelting rain. Yesterday was in the 70's. It is never boring in the Ozarks.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.