I'm in the safest place I've got - middle of the house, no windows. I'm watching the Doppler, looks like we're okay for now. The tornado (there
may have been 2) was an F1, lasted about 15 minutes, and started NE of me and moved off in that direction. Emergency Management is reporting some
damage, but it doesn't sound too bad.
That's amazing about all those twisters forming in the midwest (Indiana to Kentucky) right after I saw "The Day after Tomorrow" which showed LA
being devistated by multiple Super tornados. Glad I don't live in tornado states. I only have to deal with rarely erupting volcanoes.
Man.... I am out of town right now and was watching tv here and saw a news report about where a tornado was reported at. It is where I live at.
Called my dad and he was really worried because he heard the tornado went through my neighborhood. I wont be back until Tuesday so I have no idea how
The area where I live isnt the greatest. I have insurance so all is well. OH wait... my computer is at home on the 2nd floor. OMG. lol. There is
another picture on the website that has the webcams. It shows what appears to be a wedge tornado. Those are nasty buggers.
Ok got home today. My street was untouched but same cannot be said a block or two down the road where the tornado went through. Had the twister
been a bit stronger we would have been without phone service for better than 6 months since the tornado hit the telephone company central office where
the dial tone is supplied at. My neighbor said the air was very still and it was fully of pieces of stuff flying around. Sigh. I always miss all
Glad everything is okay, Indy!!!
I know you joked about not being disappointed if it'd been hit, but that would've been a horrible thing to go through.
A block away, though....damn. Kinda close for comfort, isn't it?
Yeah it is kinda freaky. My cat destroyed a few blinds in the house. That was the only damage. LOL. Just a slight wobble in the path and the thing
would have come over my place. This 100 year old piece of crap house wouldn't have stood a chance. A couple of years ago an F3 came a few miles
away as well. These were F2's and F3's over the past few years. People have been lucky. Unlike years past these storms didn't hit a barn out in
the country. They came through a south suburb. I dont want to be too intrusive but If I can get close enough I'll take some pictures. As much as I
dont like my neighborhood I wouldnt want 10,000 people driving down my street taking pictures of my wrecked house. But then again they'll do it
anyway so why don't I? :-)
Ok so, a question to everyone living in tornado states and have been there for some time. So are you having more tornadoes now than, less say 5 to 15
years ago? Is the weather worse than 5-15 years ago, the same, better?
Honestly its really hard to say. Now I will say we are getting more and more rain each year. This May we finished with over 8 inches of rain. Seems
the last several years here have been rainy. Now when it comes to tornados it is hard to tell. Back in 1974 there was a massive outbreak that some
figured may never be eclipised. Last 2 years alone there have been outbreaks that surpassed the total from the super outbreak. The event this
weekened happened over 48 hours but I believe the total for the weekend was some 170 or so tornados. Now the reason its hard to compare now to then
is the invention of doppler radar. Now a tornado gets counted (I think) just by being picked up on radar. Correct me if I am wrong but I don't
believe all 170+ twisters this weekend were visual confirmations. How many twisters went unreported back in 1974? No way of telling. The past few
years do seem to have a high number of reports but it will take a decade or two of additional data to tell how we really rank. One thing that has
happened of late (in the past 5 to 10 years) that has never happened before was a massive tornado outbreak in Florida. Florida does have them and in
numbers but they are usually F0 to F1. A number of years ago the state had a huge outbreak of large twisters. Largest reported being an F4. A
friend of the family lost their house as a result of that F4. The pictures from the area looked more like something from Kansas and not from central
Florida. Also recent years has brought a number of direct strikes on metropolitan areas. Oklahoma City was a famous one with the most powerful
twister ever recorded. There was also a direct hit on Nashville, Salt Lake City and I think Dallas (or one of the texas towns). Those were hits on
But to me more impressive than the twister reports has been the instances of severe hail. The record for the largest hail stone was set in the past
year. Also the freak hail events where large quantities of hail get dropped have been reported. In November of 2003 a storm dumped knee deep hail in
Watts, California. Similar storms hit parts of Indiana and Illinois a year or two ago. Also a decade ago or so a storm hit central Florida that
dumped 3 feet of hail. Strange thing is that area got hit by a similar storm 1 month later.
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