So I realize now, at 1130pm, is probably not the smartest time to be starting a blog post. But, for the past, oh, three hours or so, I’ve kinda been busy listening to Mother Nature remind me who really rules the roost here in Kansas.
And I am very, very much a fan of all the weather information that is out there for us. I was sitting in our hallway, listening to the weather scanner, keeping track of radar and warnings via computer, and listening to 12.2 (24 hour local weather channel). I was in an indoor hallway away from windows, there was a straight shot to our crawlspace to take cover (they never blew the sirens here, there was no rotation in any clouds seen, just a giant shelf cloud, which indicates massive wind and hail). My laptop was balancing on the cat crate, the cats were all locked up in their cat room (and quiet).
And it hit like a freight train. We never lost power here, but it seriously sounded like an inland hurricane. I’ve been through uh… Gustav (2002), Isabel (2003), a handful in 04, etc. by no means an expert but I’ve been through them. It seriously, seriously tripped me out.
But – thanks to all the spotters out there, modern technology, and me having taken storm spotter courses and studied meteorology for fun… while I may have been freaked out, I was pretty much the safest I could be at the given time, doing exactly what I should have been – staying inside, away from windows, and not going anywhere.
Very, very tired right now. Long day. Still a fan of Weather Information flowing freely.