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 ...