The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 May 2004

Last night in Tornado Alley

By now, we know the drill. Forget about the local broadcast stations; channels 4 (NBC), 5 (ABC), 9 (CBS), 25 (Fox) and 52 (independent) pitch their entire schedules to give you block-by-block, sometimes even pixel-by-pixel, coverage of That Big Damn Cloud. What we want to know, of course, is "Where is it?" and "Which way is it moving?" The latter question is usually simple: the way these things develop, they tend to move west to east. So we're looking for more, um, nuanced coverage, to project the path using a whole continuum of trajectories. About the time the storm left Geary, I figured it was going to track right along 178th Street, and decided not to give it any further thought, since its closest approach to Surlywood would be about eight miles.

And that's pretty much the way it went. The most surprising aspect of it, I think, was that there was only one really big storm heading our way; often they travel in pairs or worse. Not this time. There was another storm, way up toward the Kansas border, but it was given relatively short shrift, probably because the people up there are watching Wichita television.

Posted at 9:30 AM to Wastes of Oxygen

I was driving the pies during a couple of tornado sirens last night. The swirly thing was miles away, but panic is always SO fun to observe (from a safe distance). Also, the traffic was great, like 3am traffic. Tips were pretty good, too.

Terkish "I'm sorry, what kind of crust? You'll have to speak up, THE TORNADO SIRENS ARE TOO LOUD!" Payne

ps-and I'm the first to run like a girl if it looks like the only deliveries I'm going to make are to Oz, mmkay?

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 9:54 PM on 30 May 2004