Friday, April 13, 2012

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .

Well, OK, it isn't stormy YET, but it will be.  We're receiving dire predictions of severe weather all day, with a pretty good sized area (around where I live) having a 70% chance of tornadoes.

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.

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This one went through Wichita in 2008

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Lightning over Kansas City in 2010

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Lawrence in 2011

But it's not all like this.  Sure, it gives us some excitement, but we usually get to see this:

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or this:

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Come on out and visit sometime!  After all, people pay big money for those stormchaser tours.  I get to live it for free!

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