Friday, June 01, 2012

Please, not again!


Roundtop Mountain and several counties surrounding are now under a tornado watch. The weather looks threatening, if not particularly tornado-ish to me at the moment. I’m guessing the critical time will be in the 5-6-7 p.m. time when the day will be at its warmest and the air at its most unstable.

Tornado watches are somewhat common. I’m guessing we see 5-8 of them a year. Tornado warnings, the alert that’s posted when someone actually sees one, are a lot less frequent, fortunately. As uncommon as they are here—after all I’m not in Kansas—I’m hoping the one that chewed up a lot of trees on Roundtop last April is the closest I’ll ever have to be to one. After that one, the odds should be heavily in my favor. Or so I tell myself.

Perhaps that’s why I’m so cavalier about today’s watch. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. “Lightning” or a tornado won’t strike twice in the same place. Right? Right?

6 comments:

Heart Matters said...

Hang in there! This weather is so unusual to me. I cannot recall tornado warnings from when I was in high school. Maybe I wasn't paying attention.

Sabine said...

Right! (Keeping fingers crossed for you.)

Cathy said...

I'm hoping you are not getting hit by them. My county is not under tornado watch but the one south of us is. But sounds like it's going be interesting night away.

Carolyn H said...

Sam: I can only remember perhaps one tornado warning when i was young--one tossed around some small planes at Bermudian airport. But now they are practically a semi-monthly occurance. I sure wish they'd go back to Kansas!

Carolyn H said...

Sabine: Right!

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: The nearest tornado was bout 20 miles away, south of York. of course, when the weather is that stormy, you never know where or when they will show up. I actually had more wind in last night's storm. I saw a fair number of limbs down this morning.