Blown in from Phil Campbell, Alabama

May 19, 2011

Yesterday we sheared the sheep, so I went out in the pasture this morning to get some pictures of the naked ladies to use for a blog post.  Imagine my surprise when I looked down and saw address labels nestling in the grass.

picture of Phil Campbell address labels

Where did these address labels come from?

Today is trash pick-up day here, so I figured some neighbor’s trash blew a little ways into our back pasture.

Not exactly.

These labels blew a LONG ways, as in over 100 miles!  According to MapQuest, the shortest distance between here and where the labels originated is 110 miles.  I’m sure it’s a little shorter if you take a straight line, but I’m not sure just how straight the path was the tornado took between here and Phil Campbell, Alabama.

picture of address labels blown 110 miles from Phil Campbell

These labels blew over 100 miles away from home.

 Yes, these labels have no doubt been out there for 3 weeks, since the tornado on April 27th devastated the Phil Campbell area, and blew through here on a much lesser scale. 

It never ceases to amaze me how far tornadoes carry things, big and small, but as you can see from the above video, the winds really ripped through there.  Unfortunately, it’s a sad fact address labels weren’t the only thing the tornado picked up, considering the way it destroyed Phil Campbell.  I’m afraid they have a lot more to worry about than a few missing address labels.

But it was really strange to discover a “little piece of Phil Campbell, Alabama” had traveled over 100 miles to land on our farm.

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