reply to post by White Chocolate
Yeah, this is pretty insane. I'm from the midwest, where this kind of stuff is pretty normal. But I was just telling my friend the other day (who
just moved to Az) that I've never seen it rain so much in Arizona in January. Then, today...it's been raining ALL day. Heavily! It never rains all
I live in south Scottsdale, and my townhouse complex is right along the greenbelt. The park next to my house (along the Greenbelt) is totally flooded.
As I drove to the gym this morning, I noticed a ton of streets closed due to flooding.
When my mom called me to tell me that there was a tornado watch in effect, I couldn't believe it. I lived through tons of tornado warnings and
watches in the midwest (and one tornado even hit my house while my family and I were in the basement...which, I swear, gave me PTSD for years
afterwards...lol!), but if we get a tornado here, we are S.O.L. because the houses here don't have basements. Plus there are so many mobile home
parks here (a.k.a tornado magnets), I would hate to see what would happen if a tornado ever did touch down here.
However, I must say that because I've been in a ton of tornado watches and warnings, I find it's pretty easy to spot "tornado conditions" way
ahead of time. Today didn't seem like tornado conditions. It was rainy and stormy, but usually tornados come BEFORE the storm. Then, the rain comes
Here's what to look for: if the sky turns greenish, and suddenly everything gets still (no breeze, no wind) and the birds stop singing and the
insects stop making noises....and there is a menacing looking "wall cloud" nearby....head for the basement. Or, if you don't have a basement, head
for the bathtub on the bottom floor. If you don't have a bathroom on the lower floor, head for the inside hall closet.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring?? If it brings any more rain, I swear, the entire Valley will flood. (We don't have a storm drain system like
other cities have....that's why all of our streets flood. )
[edit on 21-1-2010 by nikiano]