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While Saydie and I were driving up Highway 287 in the Texas Panhandle, we got hit with the cloud burst, and winds that literally had every 18-Wheeler pulling over. It got bad enough that even cars were pulling over as the visibility just got bad.

As the heavy rain started to pass, I was able to roll down window and I see the formation of a wall cloud. A wall cloud (murus or pedestal cloud) is a large, localized, persistent, and often abrupt lowering of cloud that develops beneath the surrounding base of a cumulonimbus cloud and from which tornadoes sometimes form.

Wall Cloud in Memphis, Texas


Saydie was not having any of it.



Memphis, Texas, the county seat of Hall County, is at the junction of U.S. Highway 287, State Highway 256, and Farm Road 1547, in the northeastern part of the county. It started in 1889, when J. C. Montgomery purchased land for a townsite north of Salisbury on the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway.

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