Monday, May 21
I made it out to the Rainey headquarters at 3:00 on a bright and sunny afternoon. I unpacked and walked over to watch the camp construction.
Within 2 hours, the sky darkened, the wind picked up, there was thunder and lightening, rain, and hail started falling. Pea-size to almost golf-ball size chunks of ice peppered the house and deck, and hit in the flooded backyard like cannonballs. The wind gusted to 40mph or better at one point and we were sure we would see flattened trees by the morrow. When it slacked up, we could see marsh fires to the northeast, on the State Refuge. Timmy informed me that they haven’t burned their marshes in years, and with the dry month we’ve had and it being breeding season for so many marsh creatures, this was not a good thing. It thundered and shook the house until almost midnight, dropping 2 and a half inches of rain.