Of course, since I live in Kansas, I'll probably rush out to see if I can see it. It's rather thrilling to see storms build up during the day--you wouldn't believe how fast they can build and move. At night, it's another matter. It's kind of like camping out in a tent without a campfire in bear country . . .and you just realized you opened jerky for a midnight snack. You can't see them coming. We live far enough out of town that we only hear the sirens when it's absolutely calm and we're outside. I don't plan to sleep outside tonight.
"Why not get a weather radio?" you're probably asking. Well, because whenever I see them we either don't need one or I'm on a budget that week. Somehow a weather radio fund keeps slipping my mind as well. So I guess you don't pays your money, you takes your chances!
I've always been fascinated by storms though. Let me share a little bit of Kansas weather with you!
Photo courtesy of Lisa Pierce
This is one of the storms building up today.
Photo from ozarkstorms.blogspot.com
This one went through Wichita in 2008
Photo from kansas-city-news.pro
Lightning over Kansas City in 2010
Photo from thezenguy.com
Lawrence in 2011
But it's not all like this. Sure, it gives us some excitement, but we usually get to see this:
photo from pedalforprevention.com
Photo from chez-frontporch.blogspot.com
Come on out and visit sometime! After all, people pay big money for those stormchaser tours. I get to live it for free!