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20 May 2013 @ 10:27 pm
Tornado Season Is Definitely Upon Us.  
I went to check my email and my homepage had a big headline about the tornado in Oklahoma. I've spent nearly an hour watching that coverage. That shit just twists my stomach all up in knots, you know. I hate tornados. I mean, yeah, who doesn't, but I'm like utterly terrified of them at the same time that I am also oddly fascinated, idk. I think that latter part is my farmer-father's influence. I mean, I handle it all well when we are getting a storm here just because I am used to it - in Michigan, the weather makes you its bitch, in that you never know what it will do tomorrow. But we don’t get tornados very often, and certainly not like they do on the flatlands, though we have had a couple small ones here, when I was a kid, and I remember them distinctly. They couldn't have been more than an EF-1, if that even, and let me tell you, that was plenty enough for me. I keep saying someday I’ll share those stories, but not today.

This actually might be triggery and to spare those of you that don’t want specific details, I’ll go ahead and cut.

The tornado was classified as an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph - (so at the highest end of an EF-4 you can get before it is upgraded to an EF-5) - and according to the damage-indicator-scale, leveling an elementary school is a damage of 10 - (10 out of 12, I believe). The dude at The Weather Channel who is at the site is literally shaking. They keep cutting back to him and his voice is cracking and you can see him actually shaking right now. Apparently they still have kids missing at one of the schools and have now dubbed it a 'recovery effort' instead of a 'search and rescue mission' - (meaning they are now just looking for bodies). Also, there are people whose job it is to go around to all the overturned cars they find and spray paint different marks on them showing whether the vehicles are empty or if there is a body inside that needs to be cleared out. And looters are rummaging through the remains of the medical clinic, one assumes looking for the good drugs, which is just…why.

Yeah, this shit is upsetting me. I was going to post fic tonight but idk, it feels weird now. Tomorrow then, I promise. My thoughts are with the people of Oklahoma tonight.
 
 
 
Denidenig37 on May 21st, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
And this will happen more and more often, stronger impact with each time.
We fucked up the environment and this is nature's payback.

It's scary as hell and I'm afraid of what will (not could, will) happen next. It's terrifying.
dodger_sister: upsetdodger_sister on May 22nd, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
And this will happen more and more often, stronger impact with each time. We fucked up the environment and this is nature's payback.

Yep. It's pretty depressing actually. My sister told me a few days ago that she just read this article in the NY Times (so a reliable source) that said that it is too late to stop global warming or have any positive impact of change on it, and that in 30-40 years most life on Earth will be extinct. So the end of the world is apparently coming in our life time.

It actually kind of fucked with my head, so I don't know why I'm sharing that news with you. I say, end of the world - orgy at Dodger's house! It'd at least be an interesting way to go.
Denidenig37 on June 14th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Just finished my thesis that involved research in that area, not the first time I worked on these themes so I could talk for hours about it with the result of me either being in tears (happened) or pissed off (happened too).
sarahk_1963sarahk_1963 on May 21st, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
(((dodger))) I've just checked my news pages and it's everywhere.

I want everyone to be okay, to be found safe and well but in all honesty, they probably wont.

We have cyclones here but nothing, nothing approaching the fury and violence of this tornado that hit Oklahoma.

I wish I could do something to help, so at the moment, I'll do the best I can which is to send all my positive thoughts and prayers to the people affected.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on May 22nd, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I want everyone to be okay, to be found safe and well but in all honesty, they probably wont.

Well, not everyone was okay, obvs, but the death toll dropped quite a bit from the initial estimation so I guess that is a little better bad news than we had before.

We have cyclones here but nothing, nothing approaching the fury and violence of this tornado that hit Oklahoma.

Us too. We had a, I wanna say F4, hit just outside the Detroit area when my dad was a kid but in general, we hardly get anything over an F2. They just don't have the flatlands to pick up space like they do out in the Oklahoma area. I watched part of Brian William's special last night and apparently they have upgraded this tornado to an F5 now, which is basically the strongest tornado you can get (they have an F6 rating but as far as I know they have never classified a tornado as an F6 before).

You know, this is just the beginning of tornado season and I have feeling this won't be the last big one we see this year.
lanie: bad weatherprincesslanie on May 21st, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
i think when weather is involved you have to be terrified and awed. it's a scary combination.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on May 22nd, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Okay, I know I say this to you a lot, but that is an awesome icon!

i think when weather is involved you have to be terrified and awed. it's a scary combination.

Ain't that the truth! Unpredictable and fascinating is a bad combination. My dad has this weird obsession with weather and I think I picked up on it but at the same time, I have been in two nasty storms that have basically scarred me for life, so it's a weird line to walk.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 28th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Those tornados in Oklahoma were really terrible and I couldn't believe the pictures of the aftermath. So sad to see those people go through that.

I guess there is nowhere you are really safe, but I would not want to live in Tornado Alley. While I lived in Muncie, IN, there were a few tornado warnings, but only one time did it seem to get close. The winds blew hard and there was that weird roaring sound, but it never touched down -- at least not near us. I was on the phone with my mom, joking that it might be the last time she heard from me when all of a sudden there was a bright flash and a loud crack and I screeched into the phone and hung up on her. Probably a good idea because it was a lightning strike to a tree across the street and it sent an electrical surge through all the surrounding houses. It blew my lights out, but happily didn't send a charge through the phone, which probably would have hurt. My mother, as you can imagine, was a little freaked.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on May 29th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Those tornados in Oklahoma were really terrible and I couldn't believe the pictures of the aftermath.

It's shocking. It looked like something out of an apocalypse movie - there was just nothing left.

I guess there is nowhere you are really safe, but I would not want to live in Tornado Alley.

God, me neither. While we have nasty storms here and yes, even tornadoes, we don't get them like that. And I can barely handle what we do get - my stomach would be in knots for the entirety of tornado season if I lived in Tornado Alley.

The winds blew hard and there was that weird roaring sound,

The sound a tornado makes is so odd. It's this noise that at some points actually sounds like a train screeching on its brakes combined with like a banshee howl and this kind of, idk, deafening pop in your ears. /shudders/

there was a bright flash and a loud crack and I screeched into the phone and hung up on her.

I imagine your mother was freaked! When we were kids, I remember my sister being on the phone during a storm and my dad yelled at her to get off and she just sort of rolled her eyes and was like, "Whatever, my dad says I have to go or I'll get hit by lightning," and the exact second she hung up the phone, our house got hit by lightning and the phone fucking sparked, man. I think that might have been the time we were hit by lightning that my brother's alarm clock actually melted a little. So when they say don't talk on the phone during a storm - hang up the phone!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 29th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I was afraid of!! Yet one more reason we should always listen to our parents. ;-)