Hail, Tornadoes, and Earthquakes – Oh My
Yesterday evening was filled with tornado watches and warnings. This is not unusual fare for Oklahoma but combined with the earthquake tremors, the weather has a lot of living creatures on edge, including donkeys.
Since we now live in the infamous Tornado Alley, it is important that we’re familiar with weather vernacular. For example, a tornado watch means that there is a possibility of tornado development in the area. A tornado warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar. Typically, tornado season is late April through early June, but as yesterday indicated, the weather can be unpredictable any time of the year. The most devastating tornadoes to hit the area were in 1957 and 1979. This fact causes some to theorize that Lawton ‘is due‘ for another tornado outbreak.
This is footage from the tornado outbreak yesterday afternoon, taken by storm chases Dave Demko and Heidi Farrar (at 3 minutes you begin seeing a true tornado). I am not going to lie – I am completely fascinated by super cell storms so I suppose that is another positive of living in southwest Oklahoma. Luckily, the damage caused by the tornadoes yesterday was minimal and no lives were lost.
Cue the Miss Gulch music…