June 01, 2005
The Emergency Weather Broadcast Network just interrupted my science-fiction movie to inform me that I am under a Tornado Watch until 8:15 this evening. Severe thunderstorms, with heavy rain, possible hail up to 1/2" in diameter, 70 MPH winds, dangerous lightning and the Second Coming of Christ are all headed my way between now and nightfall.
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!
Right now, the sky is overcast and the winds are calm. I've seen no rain since yesterday, when a steady drizzle fell for hours. I am delighted that I received this warning of an approaching disaster, but I have no idea what to do about it. How do you spell "catastrophe?" Was I close?
If it comes, it comes. I'm not going anywhere. I damn sure ain't gonna panic about it. I've got a good roof over my head and I've seen storms before. I suppose that I should appreciate the "early warning," but just what the hell am I supposed to do with that information? Run in circles waving my arms over my head? Pray? Leave NOW, while I have the chance?
I think I'll just sit here and see what happens. Weather forecasters aren't that good anyway. If I suddenly stop blogging before 8:15 tonight, you'll know that I got blown away. If that happens, I guessed wrong.
But I don't think it's gonna happen.
I miss a really good thunder and lightening storm. We don't get those up here. There ain't nuthin like snuggling under the covers with your honey and listening to that.
And I miss lightening bugs, and locusts, and stickers in my feet, and good bbq, and pecan trees.....oh, and okra.
We haven't had too many in Connecticut, either, but then again, you usually have to wait until midsummer before you can expect anything overly exciting up here.
That terrible storm was here this morning. It was nothing but a good hard rain and some thunder and lightning. It lasted all of two hours. I love thunderstorms. They scare the hell out of my dogs though.
You can blog the storm! Be our Jim Cantorre(sp?).
I've got the plugin for Firefox that hooks me up to AccuWeather... just a few minutes ago, this big stopsign pops up in my browser, telling me the same thing. It's beautiful outside at the moment.
We had a tornado rip through our neighborhood a few weeks ago. It happened at about 5:00 am and my husband was on the crapper. Before he could finish his business, it had come and gone. He came back to bed and I wanted to know what had happened. He said it was probably a tornado but it was too dark to see. Since we all survived and the electricity was off, just go back to sleep and plan on sleeping late. We both did. The next morning, we had pancakes on the campstove and then went Easter Egging for our lawn furniture. Do you have enough smokes to see you through just in case a tree lands on your truck?
That is probably the same line of storms that rolled through here in Kerrville about 2:30 am. Hell of a good storm. It came a fuckin turd floater with some pretty good wind and some quarter size hail. Lasted about 3 hours then disapeared. Nice lightning show too.Lots of debris and small limbs in the streets this morning coming to work.Enjoy.
The official word is that a WATCH is an alert that 'atmospheric conditions favor formation' of such nasty stuff, not a guarantee that it will form.
One hopes people in a WATCH area will run down a mental checklist and be more prepared should an actual storm arise, because when it does is no time to wonder - it's time to act.
A tornado isn't something you can escape by running away, anyway. Shelter in place - a storm cellar, perhaps. Failing that, an interior room ... you know the drill.
No, we're not all going to die. But some might, and that's the logic of the warnings - to reduce the total to a minimum.
Last fall here on the west central coast of the republik of Florida I was damn happy that I had a weatherman-three fucking times!
We got a pretty good dump of rain from that one last night. Not alot of thunder or lightening though.
Heh...I sill remember the first Tornado Watch I was around for.
I'll take my -30 degree winters with 6 feet of snow over your tornado watches any day of the week.
Chablis -- I agree. I miss the thunder and lightening, but they can keep the tornados and hurricanes.
I would swear that our weathermen start jumping up and down and turning cartwheels whenever a stinking cloud pops up on the radar.
Just thinking about that term "Tornado Watch". This time of the year, where I live, when we see a big T-boomer heading across the plains at us, we are ALL participating in a "Tornado Watch". TV isn't even involved. It's just what you do. You keep an eye out for funnel clouds developing and when the green leaves on the trees start flying through the air at high speeds - horizontally - it's just about time to hunker down at that point. And/or get out the video camera. Now "Tornado WARNING", sighted on the ground at such and such location, coming my fucking way - that's information I find useful and want to hear. Fucking TV weatherpeople...... I never listen to the weather forecast. I just get up in the morning, let the dog out back and stand there scratching various body parts, and that 's when I take stock of the weather situation for today.
Take a case of beer and head to the basement.