Okay, that was cool. What just passed over us was the worst rain, lightning and thunder I have ever experienced. Jesse made me go outside into the hallway to see the SHEETS of rain that were pouring down on either side of our stairwell. You couldn’t have simulated that with anything but a giant bucket! I just felt a thunder clap so strong, the walls and floor were shaking as if we were two feet away from a railroad station. The whole “Wall Storm” (stretching 60 milies north to south!) was moving so fast it passed through all of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in less than hour.
It all began as I was sitting at the dining room table, waiting for So You Think You Can Dance to start (boo!!! I won’t get to watch it now since every channel is covered with news!!). All of a sudden, I heard the Tornado sirens go off. I quickly checked weather.com on my laptop, and there was a flashing red bar at the top of the screen.
TORNADO SIGHTINGS IN YOUR AREA. SEEK COVER IMMEDIATELY.
I went and woke Jesse up.
“Honey, do you hear those sirens going off?”
<mumble mumble> (Jesse’s been very tired lately).
“Well, those are tornado sirens. Apparently, there’s been a tornado sighting.”
Jesse opened one eye and made some unintelligable noise.
“Okay, so maybe we should go get in the closet?”
Finally, we made it into the closet, where I continued to hit refresh on weather.com’s radar. Up at the top appeared where the tornado had been sighted, how fast it was moving, and which cities it was going to hit at exactly what time.
“Okay, Jesse, the tornado is north of us about 15 miles. Let’s go out and check the TV.”
“Forget the TV! Let’s go out and see the rain and thunder!”
And that’s how we ended up in the stairwell, watching the rain and thunder swirl around us like a blender. I could almost hear the audience shouting at us. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? WHO GOES OUTSIDE DURING A TORNADO??”.
Apparently, we do!
My Weather Instrument
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