Thursday, May 13, 2010

We're Fine. Really.

I wanted to move to Tulsa three and a half years ago. I've wanted to move here for 20 years. It's a quiet, cultured city, with four seasons and violent weather. Rolling hills and lots of trees. Tulsa is the perfect city.

Y'know that violent weather part? Monday night the whole country was worried about our weather. Oklahoma had some tornadic activity, but we managed to handle it okay. Not everyone came through it unscathed, but Tulsa did. We really only got some heavy rain for a few minutes a little east of me. It was forecast on the weather and radio for what seemed like days. And that was that.

So where were these alarmist weather people last night and this morning?

Thunderstorms were rolling in last night. Beautiful creatures that lit up the night. Amazing sound and light shows. We went to bed happy.

And woke at five AM to tornado sirens.

Fortunately we all woke up. I heard the thundering hoards upstairs, so I started tossing stuff from our under-stair closet while the Hunny turned on the radio.

Oh. By the way? My iPhone has a really cool flashlight app. Just so ya know.

We practiced huddling together in the closet, while Red Rocks complained that the dogs weren't with us. The two sixty pound beasts who freak out in weather. We let him know that they were much safer hiding in the tub.

According to the radio, the sirens were activated by the straight line winds from the thunderstorms, but there were no funnels or circular air happening. In fact, by the time I got the closet cleared, the storms had almost completely passed.

The storms were producing 80 mile an hour winds. Hence the sirens. The Hunny and I lay in bed afterward grumbling about a siren for 80 MPH gusts. We've been through hurricanes. While that wind is nothing to laugh at, it's no tornado.

That said, the entire Tulsa school district is closed today. Twenty four schools with power out. Some roof and property damage. This wasn't a joke. And my kids certainly weren't laughing when they discovered that they DID have school. Heh.

I guess I got the last laugh. Because I'm going back to bed.

Until I write again ...



Mental P Mama said...

Phew. And don't you love that flashlight app????

Unknown said...

i really to get on some weather call list...I ahem slept through all sirens...eek!

Trisha said...

So thankful that you are all okay! We have the occasionaly tornado siren alert here and our under the stairs closet gets a work out. Getting the cats to come in is a bit difficult!

judi/Gmj said...

dang, I really miss that part of OK.
Seriously I do.
I don't miss June and it's humidity the chiggers and ticks. Oh, and the copperheads in my yard, but I sure do miss the thunder and lighting, the snow...sigh.

Leenie said...

Glad you're okay. Worried about you when I saw the Monday tornados on the Weather Channel. Love the thunder and light shows M. Nature puts on. But big winds...not so much. Just driving through Kansas and OK gives me hives. (Thank you Wizard of Oz).

Guess I'll just settle for nine months of snow and a balmy low-bug summer.

abb said...

A happy ending - well, at least for you! Have a good snooze!

Daryl said...

Glad to hear you and the dogs survived the non tornado

CanadianMama said...

Oh man, that totally sucks for your kids - what a mean joke :)
That being said, I would LOVE to live somewhere where we really had four seasons. Not a lot of winter, short spring, short summer and normal fall :(

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that would be one way to get rid of some cats, cuz mine would never submit to a closet scenario. I'd be able to save 1. the crippled one whose back legs don't work.

Not that I HAVE sirens. I'm glad y'all are ok, but you are NOT making your case very well...

Overflowing Brain said...

The flashlight app is my favorite!

I taught a full day of school in the middle of a category 2 hurricane once. Suffice it to say, with the wind, rain and enormous lightning strikes, not a lot was learned that day.

80 mph winds do not sound pleasant to this girl.