the above is a photo of a developing super cell near my homestead.
Just yesterday OK was hit by a tornado, ’tis that time a year again. If you are new to our States, welcome to tornado season. The most exciting time of the year. It’s the only time you will see us moving quickly.
Last year the State of Kansas had 103 tornadoes for the year. Not a historic amount, and close to the 20 year average. To learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week and tornadoes The National Weather Service has issued an information packet in pdf.
During any storm, listen to local news or
a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed
about watches and warnings. (Find you station here)
Know your community’s warning
system. Communities have different
ways of warning residents about
tornados, with many having sirens
intended for outdoor warning purposes.
Pick a safe room in your home where
household members and pets may gather
during a tornado. This should be a
basement, storm cellar or an interior
room on the lowest floor with no
Practice periodic tornado drills so that
everyone knows what to do if a tornado
Prepare for high winds by removing
diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
Move or secure lawn furniture, trash
cans, hanging plants or anything else that
can be picked up by the wind and become
Watch for tornado danger signs:
• Dark, often greenish clouds—a
phenomenon caused by hail (yellowing of the air is also a good sign of hail)
•Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of
• Cloud of debris
• Large hail
• Funnel cloud—a visible rotating
extension of the cloud base
• Roaring noise