Spring storm season, springs!
This weekend storm season arrived in our NW Okieland corner of Tornado Alley. We knew all week it was coming and late yesterday it all kicked off, with a row of severe storms forming on the dryline. But yesterday we got lucky, the dryline formed just south of us and that meant the storms formed there, but then intensified as they moved away from us. So all we saw were wonderfully impressive thunderheads, as seen above and distant lightening. Where we spent Saturday was under the gun by 10pm though, which is why we planned ahead, went early and got back home. As we watched the 10pm News a tornado was on the ground in Enid, where we'd been shopping just hours before! It was on the ground for 10 plus minutes raging through residential areas. We are hoping when daylight appears, the damage will not be too bad. We have a rocky few days ahead of us, as the conditions here are perfect for storms to form. Today we will be under threat again later, our risk is slightly higher, but we are prepared just in case. I am much less panicky than I was when I first moved here. After nearly 4 years and alot more knowledge about weather indicators and cloud formations, I know the signs. I can read a dopplar radar, spot a hook echo on it and identify a wall cloud - essentials for living here! The National Weather Service is based in Okieland and we have the best warning system in the world as a result. Living here you have an enormous respect for what the weather can do and a tornado on the ground is always upsetting, as you know it could be you one day. But it also makes weather watching fascinating, and it's hard to resist it living in the midst of it all.