June 6 – Iowa

June 6th – D-Day … a time to remember those who lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy in 1944

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Seventy-two years later, Debbie and I were traveling across the heartland of the nation those brave young men fought and sometimes died to preserve and protect.

Our drive across eastern Iowa from Davenport to Altoona was remarkably uneventful. 

Shortly after hitting the road, we passed what is billed as the

The rural landscape was picturesque with immense farms

where corn and hay appear to be the primary crops.

 

and, "Oh, Yes", barns.

What is different is the topography … the land far more rolling than across Indiana and Illinois.

At one of the rest areas we stopped at they had a unique sculpture depicting the varied scope of Iowa's agriclture.

Perhaps, not surprising, we also saw more American flags standing out in a still southerly breeze.

Then …

 

Late this afternoon, with temperatures in the low 90os we were sitting under threatening skies 

and a severe thunderstorm "watch" when the tornado sirens went off.  According to a fellow RVer who lives in Iowa, the signal meant a torndo was spotted(but not clear if it meant it was on the ground).  The thunderstorm "watch" and beenchanged to a tonado "watch" then to a tornado "warning".

  • A "watch" means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes,
  • A "warning", on the other hand, requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring.

After two additional tornado sirens, we quickly pulled our motorhome "slides" in and headed to the nearest bath house,

the closest campground structure which could act as any sort of tornado shelter. 

Shortly there after the sky darkened even further, the winds began to howl and the heavens opened up.

We even had a brief period of hail.

Some 45 minutes later, the weather abated, the skies bean to brighten

and we headed back to our motorhome, skirtring large puddles which had accumulated on the streets.

Back aboard, Debbie whipped up some dinner and I re-extended our slides.

While we can see lighter skies to the northwest, our roof is again being pelted with large rain drops and we are back under a severe thunderstorm "watch" while lightning continues to light up th sky. 

 

 

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