It's spring -- at least in Texas. We've been in the 80's (GREAT motorcycle riding weather!) and it's been gorgeous....until today.
Spring in Texas also means some wild weather. I live in Tornado Alley -- that swath of the country that is prone to tornadoes. We had rain forecast for today, but it has escalated to tornado warnings. Now, let me educate you a bit....a watch means that conditions are optimal for a tornado. A warning means that tornadoes have been spotted on the ground. Actually, we are under a tornado emergency this time.... a couple have touched down with a few more forming.
This is not my first tornado. About a hundred years ago (in college) I dated a guy from Amarillo. We were visiting his parents when a huge storm blew through, with tornadoes bouncing all around us. We drove around the next day and I was indeed humbled by Mother Nature. She's not a bitch you want to mess with (I'm pretty sure she eats her Wheaties!). There were holes where trees used to be and trees with no holes nearby.
My next experience was in 2000 when an F3 tornado crashed through downtown Fort Worth. It formed about two blocks from my home (no shit!) and blew through town, making the area look like a battlefield. Broken glass and debris littered the streets. A billboard bent over at an almost 90 degree angle (it's still there and serves as a sculpture/reminder of our adventure).
Now, I'm watching the news....baseball size hail, tree limbs down, roofs ripped off. Good times! My safe place is the guest bath -- no windows!
I love the movie Tornado, but the real thing is not quite as much fun. The Husband was in a class in the path of it and is headed home. Whew! Keeping fingers and toes crossed that he makes it home, safe and sound. In the meantime, you can find me in the bathtub.
Have you been in a bad storm? Did you survive unscathed (sure hope so!)?
Have you been there?