posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 02:29 PM
My family lives in NE Illinois and I was up watching Intellicast's radar map until at least midnight last night, MST. It's not just the time of
year that seems strange, but up until maybe 1 1/2 years ago, I don't recall tornadoes ripping through places in the middle of the night/early
morning like they do now. Why is this never mentioned? I grew up in tornado alley all my life and, while they did occur on occasion, tornadoes just
didn't start forming and ripping through at night. Late afternoon until early evening was when they happened and once it got to be dark out, you
kind of didn't have to worry so much.
Is this indicative of what's to come this summer? I wonder. The weather seemed to change a couple of years after we moved to CO, Illinois ALWAYS
had predictable, nasty winters, very cold, snowy, icy. Like clockwork, end of October brings freezing rain and it gets colder and snowier all the way
through March. Now when I talk to family, I always hear about how mild and warm it is there and they love it! It worries me, frankly.
Here in CO, in the town I live in, we don't even have tornado sirens, they took them down & out because they were never needed. Yet, I can't tell
you how many tornado warnings we've had the past two years and unless you have a radio or TV on, you just don't know. The wildest weather I've
seen was the epic hail storm last spring. It hailed, non-stop, for almost 2 hours straight, hail the size of golf balls. Windows bowed in but
thankfully never broke, but every tree and plant in my yard and garden was completely destroyed, and snow plows had to come through to the clear the
hail, which was a few feet deep in spots. Further south in the Springs, floods happened because the sewer drains were blocked by the quick onslaught
My point? Weather patterns just seem unusual and that is the new normal, so no one really discusses it or thinks too much about it. But I'm telling
you, with the whole naming of snow storms and the warnings after Sandy of bigger, more intense storms to come, I think we've only started seeing some
intense natural disasters.