I like spring showers. And heaven knows we need the rain here. But I am not particularly fond of turning on the television and watching a tornado form right before my eyes. But that's how I spent a couple of hours last night.
I watch the local NBC news here. They have great coverage. They have a chopper pilot in the air, and some lunatic (the lovable David Payne, for you Okies) on the ground. And the pilot (Jim) swings around on one side of the tornado. And then you have David on the ground, excited as all hell, because a tornado has just hit the ground. And you can see it!!!
I kid you not. The thing formed right before the viewers' eyes. And David is about 150 yards away from it. They are in the van, on the road, and have to stop so the tornado can cross!
Jim actually has them on tape in the background of the tornado. Oh. My. God.
I have been educated to say the least. Let me throw around some cyclonic terms.
We had an anti-cyclonic tornado last night. Rare they are. One in every hundred, I believe. There's updraft. Feeding. Inflow. All kinds of things. But I have to admit, watching it form was incredible.
This one didn't harm anybody, though it tore the hell out of an airport hanger. And I think it reached F2 standards. Winds of 150 and whatnot.
North of the city was hit hard. Baseball size hail. Ninety mile per hour winds. We got rain. But nothing above and beyond. So we'll see what this storm season brings.
A little sidenote on David Payne. I absolutely adore him. He is funny as all hell. If you catch the morning news here, you will laugh your ass off. Witty. Self-deprecating. Adorable.
What more could you want in a crazy weather watcher?
8 months ago