Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tornado Time!

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year. Late spring, storm masses mixing in the air. Tornados. I remember them well, at Heavener, at Altus AFB, not so much in east Texas, but they are still around.

Already parts of the southeast have been ravaged, like in Atlanta, where Bob Babcock lives. He said part of the roof on his house had been ripped off, and he was forced to stay in a motel for a few months while his house is being repaired. And in heart of the Midwest, Oklahoma and Kansas were the latest victims.

Central Oklahoma got it the worst, around Oklahoma City, Norman and areas, I checked with my email friends in OKC, and they seemed to be okay. I checked with my email friends in Tulsa and Heavener/Poteau. They seemed all okay.

Dan Blair did send me some photos of hail as large as softballs (see photos), although the hail was from the OKC area. Elliott Johnson, baseball coach at Southern Nazarene in Bethany said there were some torrential downpours, delaying a game his team was playing. He said, though, that when the rains let up, the tarp was removed from the field and the game went on. Troopers. SoNaz won, by the way.

Reports out of Heavener indicated a tree had fallen on the deer pen there. Hope no deer were injured. A light pole was down along Hwy. 59, but nothing disastrous.

The photo at the top of my blog was taken at Enid (far northwestern Oklahoma) and shows a twister.   Don't worry, I didn't take the photo!  Who in the world would ever want to be a storm chaser?


At June 7, 2010 at 2:07 PM , Blogger Jim Patterson said...

Sorry, I'm just now finding this post. I agree with your last comment John. And I've heard there are getting to be too many storm chasers and they get in the way of those that are actually trying to help. Too many storm chasers want to get their footage on TV or online.


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