So this time of year is always nuts with respect to traffic, right?

Grocery stores are always clogged when Christmas is three days away. 

For the past few days, the weather guessers have been saying that the weather could get bad on Wednesday. This morning my Facebook feed was littered with meteorologists’ projections that tornados are not only possible tomorrow, they’re likely. Likely. Awesome. That should get Huntsville drivers whipped into a frothy lather. 

Huntsville has grown a lot (a LOT) in the last year or three. There are a lot more cars on the road anyway. On a random Tuesday in June. 

Yesterday it was rainy and gross all day, so I didn’t go run the last few errands that I needed to go run. 

Today I had to go out. 

Tornado forecast plus Christmas looming made for REALLY crowded streets (for us), irritable drivers, and packed grocery stores with even more irritable shoppers.

The short burst of errands I had took about twice as long as normal, and just getting back to my house was a lesson in problem-solving as traffic was too backed up for two entire exits that I would normally take. I made it finally, but yeesh. 

Lots of non-Huntsville plates all over, clogging our usually-empty streets. 

I guess Huntsville isn’t a well-kept secret anymore. 

8 thoughts on “Holly-nado”

  1. Yesterday afternoon was nuts too, with the rain making people worse drivers than usual. Had to take hubby to optician to pick up new glasses–did I mention it is just north of the mall? That trip took twice as long as expected too and he was wiped out when we finally got home. I won’t leave the house until Saturday now–Merry Christmas!

  2. I know! It took me about 45 minutes to go from Jones Valley to just north of Five Points, and going home I had to maneuver the South Parkway construction. I am staying home tomorrow!

  3. Ha! My daughter went to Alabama A&M for graduate school. She arrived in January for the 100 year snow storm and survived the terrible 100 year tornadoes in April. Ef5 almost got her. She thought she was a gonner. She’s back here in southern California now. Huntsville is an interesting place. Stay safe!

  4. Huntsville’s growth has been amazing. I can’t even imagine what the next few years will bring.
    I heard the tornado sirens going off and everyone went into panic mode. Thankfully it just missed us.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  5. We were close to some flooding yesterday but thankfully it missed us. Some of our friends weren’t so lucky, and spent their Christmas morning trying to dry out their presents and document losses for insurance. What a frustrating way to spend a holiday!

  6. 2011 truly was a crazy, crazy year, Susan! I’ve lived here all of my life except for the four years of college, and both of those events were noteworthy all by themselves (obviously), but the fact that they happened within the same six-month period of time made it even more incredible. During the snowstorm, I had left my computer at school so I was (happily) unable to work for that whole week. So I hunkered down in my sewing room and built an igloo in the front yard. It was a blast — I got so much done!

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