Yeah, we’ll enhance your Fujita

There’s always a story from Tornado Alley:

There is an old joke: How can you tell if a person is from Oklahoma?

Answer: He is the one who stands outside in the thunderstorm looking at the sky.

C’est moi.

This CBS story asks why Tulsa’s warning sirens didn’t go off when a small tornado hit.

The officials said it was because by the time they got the radar warning, the tornado had moved on to Broken Arrow.

That sounds about right. Our sirens used to go off after the tornado had passed too, but in rural areas, you couldn’t always rely on weather radios or the local media … we got our news from radio stations 30 miles to the east, 40 miles to the west, or 50 miles to the south. The best way to track what was going on was to check the local TV station for the map where the “warnings” were … a big problem if they hit at night.

Fortunately, she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore:

So I’m so glad I now live in the Philippines, where we only have to worry about typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and dengue fever.

We’re not exactly slouches at this earthquake business nowadays.


  1. Don »

    10 August 2017 · 7:13 pm

    I believe there are a few minor volcanoes there, too, unlike Kansas and Oklahoma.

  2. McG »

    10 August 2017 · 8:33 pm

    Also there’s some Duterte going around.

  3. ETat »

    11 August 2017 · 6:24 am

    It’s wonderful to find a blogspot blog/ familiar names on the margin roll/ posting of all those comfortable things – tornadoes, hail and floods. Ah, good times of Early Blogosphere!

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