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Monday, April 24, 2006

Oklahoma Spring Time Weather...

We haven't had much 'regular' spring-like weather here lately.

These last couple of weeks has had many days 20 degrees above normal with temperatures in the low 90's and high 80's. The southern part of the state has already hit 100 degrees. That usually doesn't happen until July or August.

Gee whiz.

We're still in the middle of a drought and haven't had any "drought-breaking" rains either.

Usually, we have a lot of very active storms around here in the spring, but not this year.

This evening there were several small tornadoes that formed and hit the ground. They were mostly in open country so not too much was damaged and nobody was hurt.

One municipal airport had a lot of damage along with some of the airplanes.

We got to see two of the tornadoes here from the house this evening.

They were *due west* of us.

First, one was on the ground ,and then a second one formed and was touching the ground also. For a short while they were both transversing across the countryside simultaneously.

I'm not sure how many touched down around here, but it seems like there were about six or so according to the news.

Of course, we all started praying this evening that they would not come at us.

Wm H threw a prayer in for us too. *Thanks*

The storms looked like they were gaining strength and the lightening was intensifying. And then, all of sudden, the storms started to weaken.

Leaving the hailstones in the heavens and letting the much needed moisture fall to earth.

There are a few power outages and downed lines... a few things tore up.

But it wasn't "bad".

Nothing like we've had in the past.

The tornado on May 3, 1999, was one of the biggest in history.

A category F-5.

The storm traveled almost 100 miles through 11 counties.

It killed a lot of people too.

And a dear sweet lady that I knew.

You have to be below ground to survive a tornado of this size.

Like in a cellar.

If you would like to see videos of tornadoes, specifically the May 3rd tornado, you can go here.

But you have to remember, this monster was a once in a lifetime occurrence.

Tornadoes aren't usually this big, or stay on the ground this long.

But that doesn't mean they can't tear things up or kill people when they're small.

Weather has always been very interesting to me.

And I really enjoy watching it.



Blogger Dreaming again said...

We've hit 98 up here already!

I will never forget May 3rd.

Don't think any Oklahoman will.

I think every night like tonight will make us think of that night too.

Glad you posted for us before you went to bed so we could see you were safe!!

April 24, 2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Moof said...

It's dry up here in Maine too, especially for the season. We haven't seen that sort of heat though ... it's barely ever reaching the 70's yet.

TJ, I hope that things change for you down there. I remember what Oklahoma went through last summer ... with all of the fires.


April 25, 2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Oh, you poor things going through that. I can't even begin to imagine how it must have felt. The weather here has been unseasonably cold, although today has warmed up just a little bit - only needed one jumper on rather than two!

April 25, 2006 11:06 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Glad to see you are ok too Peggikay.

I hope that we get some more rain too Moof.


April 25, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

TJ: I heard about those tornadoes on the local news here this morning. Glad you are safe.

April 25, 2006 11:24 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Sue...

It wasn't so bad last night.

But it can really hype you though.

April 25, 2006 11:38 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Thanks Pattie.


April 25, 2006 11:38 AM  

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