I’m not good at paying attention to the weather, usually relying on my mom and grandparents. But several occurrences have helped to motivate me to be more aware, ranging from inconvenient (England level of rain last spring) to terrifying (snowy/icy commutes from the city) to sobering (the devastating Mayfield tornado a couple hours southwest and sleeping through the sirens)
I’m used to tornado sirens and heading to the basement, all my life every once in a while we would have to, but nothing ever happened beyond maybe losing electricity. There was a bad tornado in the 70’s but even though occasionally they’d be sighted, we’d never get one on the higher end of the scale until last year. We aren’t technically in tornado alley, just near it. A bit of a boy who cried wolf situation.
However, like I said, the Mayfield situation gave me pause (especially since I’m on the 2nd floor of an apartment), so when a coworker kept mentioning the storm, I checked the weather (tornado watch) and looked up (again) the difference between watch and warning, rather lackadaisically.
Later I heard sirens. Hmm, check my phone. Warning. Oh, and a tornado sighted where some of my family lives in the city. And then the warning is literally for all the counties my family spread out in. So Bjorn and I adjoin to the bathroom, and I try to figure out where all the family is. Most of us don’t have basements. And then another tornado (or the same one moving) is sighted where a sister lives (moving my way). About 30″ the warning is past for where I am.
I couldn’t hear any crazy weather. And this morning I did hear of some barns being smashed and electricity poles, but nothing crazy, and when I was following the news and looking up tornados, I don’t think any of them were more than category 1. However, good practice for me to pay attention. Also a reminder that I value a basement whenever I get my own home.
Oh, and when I typed in “tornado” to search watch and warning, the first autofill option was “tornado alley moving east.” Awesome.