Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spring Storms...let the games begin...

Tis the season when we all in' tornado alley' start to heighten our senses. The sky starts to darken, the middle of the day seems like night, you start to collect the things you will need when you head for the basement...flashlight, water, cellphone, dog leash...DOG...

Really, it's a serious scenario, when they say 'tornado watch'...you watch and listen. Weather radio poised to go off in an instant, which is about all you have when one sneaks up on you. It would seem that our weather patterns are changing...I don't remember the straight-line winds when I was a kid. Hurricane force winds battering home and yard, ripping trees out, flipping cars and boats, whatever is out in your yard at the time is fair game.

This is the view of a wonderful old Victorian that was in the tornado's' path two years ago...this is just up the road from my house. I was working an hour from home when I got the frantic phone call from my daughter, stating that a tornado just went right by her house, my Grandson was home and witnessed. Totally freaked, I drove home through the storm, knowing that if it went by her house, that mine was in it's path...and the 'heathen' was home alone. It's funny though, that day I debated in my mind to take Scratch to work with me, as I knew storms were predicted, but she was acting frantic and really wanted me to take her with...but I said stay...

I had just driven the hour commute to the shop and barely arrived when I got the call from my daughter...now tell me dogs don't sense weather patterns. I never leave Scratch now when storms are predicted...

This is the home today, as construction continues, but it will never be the same. The beautiful gardens and shaded yard devoid of all it's finery, yet ready to start anew in this season of storms, always changing, always rebuilding.

11 comments:

trash talk said...

What is really odd is how tornado alley keeps getting wider! Places are being hit that have never had storms like this...strange. I'm like you...I don't remember all the winds and terms being used today.
I guess you'll listen to Scratchy from now on.
Debbie

willow said...

The house does look beautiful in its restored state. Tornados are SO scary. My nightmares often contain them.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Sharon, I don't remember the straight line winds from my childhood either. In 2005 hundred mile per hour winds went thru Rockford. Uprooted trees, took off roofs and power was out for 10 days.

I don't remember this many tornadoes either.
Marnie

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Scary! I've lived through one tornado - only one, and a small one at that. That was enough.

dulcy said...

We spent part of last night in the basement. It's gotten worse every year in the Ozarks. I didn't used to pay much attention to storm warnings, but the devastation and loss of life over the past 6 years has been enough to "wake me up" to the dangers involved. Nothing hit in our area of town last night, just lots of limbs and some trees down.

Stay safe!
Dulcy

Wildeve said...

I didn't realize you were in tornado alley. What a scary story! I remember some very bad tornados when I lived in Kentucky. Hail about the size of pool balls came with them, I had a huge bruise on my arm from one. I had nightmares for years after that- but eventually they went away.

summersundays-jw said...

I'm getting a little tired of going to the basement. We had storms last night & sirens went off. We've also had those terrible streight-line winds that are hurricane force. I've heard weather terms this spring I'd never heard before. And will it ever stop raining? Jan

Altered Glass said...

VERY SCARY DAY AS I WAS ON 5TH FLOOR STANLEY CONSULTANT BLDG LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW THE WRONG WAY AS THE STUPID TORNADO WENT PAST PIPER'S HOUSE. A DAY NONE OF US WILL FORGET!!!!

Utah Grammie said...

Oh my goodness - is this early for them? It must be so scary for you all..and especially for your little "weather-watcher" :-(

Just hug each other and know we are all praying this is a VERY mild season..

Straight-line winds sound SCARY!

Anita said...

God bless these people for rebuilding...cause I know it would have been easier to walk away with the money....but us old house people are just happiest in these old places...

After Parkersburg last year and Iowa City the year before, I really do pay attention now...

storyteller said...

Oh my ...
I know I live in Earthquake country, but Tornados seem so much more frightening to me. May you all stay safe ;--)
Hugs and blessings,