Twister weather. That is what my beloved grandmother called it, and it is that time of year here once again.
We have been twister watching and twister dodging all of our 50+ years of life. I have many harrowing stories to share, but I won’t bother with those today, with one exception.
My most recent experience in twister dodging was in 2013. I even wrote about that terrifying experience here a few days later. My nephew and I made a quick road trip to Oklahoma City on the very day of the El Reno tornado that was so deadly and devastating, and if not for checking the NWS Norman Twitter feed as we sat down for a late lunch there that day, we likely would have been right on that very interstate west of town when the twister crossed the road and killed so many people, including some storm chasers. We got out only an hour before it hit that area, and it gives me chills every time I sit and think about it.
The lesson I learned from that experience in Oklahoma is that Twitter is your friend in severe weather when following the local NWS office in the area. They know before anyone else what the story is, and it is a wise decision to follow their Twitter feeds closely during severe weather, if possible.
The first Tornado Watch of the year was just issued for my area about an hour ago. Time to review tornado preparedness steps again. I really wish we had a storm cellar, too.
In more recent years, my mother was the “weather-bird” of the family and never failed to keep me informed of the weather, both here at home, and at our travel destination if we were headed out-of-town. Now that twister weather is back, I’m finding that I’m missing the concern she had for our welfare, too. I miss my Mom calling me to make sure I’m aware of the weather update. She would already have called me by now.
Nobody loves you like your mom.
Isn’t it strange the things we miss when our loved ones are gone? It just hit me big time.
Tis the season.
Update: My immediate area missed out on yesterday’s storms, but counties to the north and east of us got clobbered with large hail (baseball size) and two tornado touchdowns. My PYKL3 Radar app on my phone showed it all and even rotations that never touched down, and I saw it there even before it was reported on the news. That is a truly great app to have. Only $10 for Android phones.