Tornado Drill!


Yesterday we had some storms rolling through and David was keeping a close eye on them, checking the radar often. The first one was a bit south of us. It developed a small hook shape on the end on the radar. David says that is a classic shape for forming tornadoes in a storm. The weather service did issue a tornado warning  for that one. If the ridge to the south-east of us had not been in the way we could have seen some of the twisters that formed. Several Facebook friends were able to get photos of them as they were driving along the highways. This area was a lot of wide open spaces so no damages were reported.

It is now late afternoon David is keeping his eye on the next storm. It popped up just to the west of us this time. David said this one looks like it could be headed to go right over the top of us. The weather service said it could have 60 mph wind gusts, drenching rains, and ping-pong ball sized hail. David says start gathering things and put them in BOB I think we will head about 6 miles south to wait this one out.

So I grab all the crochet projects I have done, and the 3 that I was working on, my jewelry boxes and the kindle. I then grab Sully’s litter box and food. I also have gone and gotten Milly from the shed and put her in BOB. David has taken Sully out to BOB and started BOB. I pack up the laptop and tell Nick to come on it is starting to hail.

We are all loaded up and head south on the county road, Nick following behind in the Ranger pick up. We drive down to the intersection to get on the highway. We drive south until we find a nice wide shoulder we can pull BOB over on. Nick pulls over too and then gets in BOB with us.

The cats are handling this adventure well. Sully is out for a bit then he decides that the semi trucks going by are too scary, so he hides  under the blankets on the bed. Milly comes out of the litter box once we stop. She lays under the table and does her cutesy roll around thing. So we sit and watch the storm and wait for it to pass. Thirty minutes go by and things look clear for us to return to the house.

We thought we would see wet roads and some damage as we traveled back to the house.


We unpacked everything and brought the cats back in.

David got the laptop back up and running.

He checked the radar again.

He said that the storm shrank up and just slid between our house and town.

Town being about 6 miles north of the house.

So, I guess it was a practice tornado drill adventure.

BOB did great in his first drill for which he is named.


BOB and Ranger back in the driveway after the tornado drill.

BOB and Ranger back in the driveway after the tornado drill.