Storms, Again

I know I’ve written about this topic recently, but we’ve had lots of storms this spring (well, and now summer!) For the last several Sundays, severe thunderstorms have tracked our area. Severe thunderstorms include rain, high winds, hail, and even the threat of tornadoes.

IMG_1342 In the back, part of roof is over into our yard, up against the garage. 

Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? When you live in tornado alley which runs from north-central Texas up through Oklahoma and Kansas, those are important terms. The Watch means a possibility of a tornado springing up exists. A Warning means a tornado has been spotted and is eminent in your area.IMG_1338 Our shared fence

Thank heavens for the new apps on our smart phones. I’m sure they’ve saved lives. When I get a tornado warning on my phone between it and the sirens blaring, I pick up Charley, and we head to the closet, where I can watch a live broadcast from my favorite TV channel. IMG_1005 Waves were even higher in most recent storm, splashing up 6 to 8 feet. 

Tornadoes are more spontaneous than hurricanes which build and build, giving you days to prepare. But with the new technology, we can track storms that might produce tornadoes. It’s the “might” that is the trick. Too many people don’t pay attention to the weather and then can be taken unaware. A dangerous behavior. And then poo-poo weather forecasters when a tornado doesn’t appear! I’m sorry. That’s just stupid. Be grateful, that on that particular day you escaped the tragedy of severe weather.

IMG_1339 We have a matching hole in the fence on the other side of the house  from a branch coming down in an earlier storm.

So, the pics above are of our most recent storm, Sunday, June 23. Some people escaped with only a few small branches down. But my neighbor’s roof succumbed to the 70 mph winds and lifted off his house and landed on our fence, garage, and roof. The sound was so scary, but we couldn’t go out and check to see what had happened with rain, wind, and tremendous lightening.

Anyway, we’ve been lucky, but my neighbor not so much. My heart goes out to all who’ve been victims of severe weather.

Have you been impacted by severe storms? What was your experience? Love to hear from you.


My book TRUTH BE TOLD will be a part of a Christmas in July Celebration you’ll be hearing more about later. In getting ready for this event, I realized it wasn’t on iTunes. (Not sure how that happened.) Anyway, figured I’d read through and correct any comma issues that might have slipped through the editing process. Of course, I’ve found a few, but the best thing is how much I’ve enjoyed reading the book. I was always a bit embarrassed by it believing it was a bit over the top with the sexual tension. But what a great story—if I do say so. Check it out everywhere but iTunes.


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4 responses to “Storms, Again

    • Hey, Jacqui. When parts of my neighbor’s roof hit ours, it was very frightening. As it turns out he got the worst of it. And even his is way less than some folks who get caught in hurricanes or floods. The weather is just so extreme these days. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  1. Be safe Marsha. I truly believe this is all due to global warning. Including the hard winter we had.

    I do know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch. We will have both all summer long. Wisconsin is also in tornado alley. Everything you see on the outside of our house (even the chimney) was replaced because of a tornado touched down at the college three blocks away. (It was like a movie our being hit.) It is devasting, not only to property, but fearing for your family’s safety. At this one, our youngest son was at a track meet and I had no idea whether he was safe or not. On the bright side…lol…the outside of the homes in our city improved in looks. 🙂 I’d say half were affected. The city has a tornado siren go off once a month at 1 p.m. to test the warning siren system.

    One of my earliest memories was riding home fast on the back of my brother’s bike because of the tornado sirens sounding off.


  2. Hi Marsha, I’m sorry to hear of the damage to your property. That sounds like my worst nightmare. We rarely get storms of such magnitude here, but for some reason I’m quite frightened of high winds. Any other weather – thunder, lightning, hailstorms – it doesn’t bother me at all, but I can just imagine how unnerving it was to hear all this noise and not be able to go outside. It’s great you have the ability to track the storm online, which gives a measure of control (or the feeling of it, at least). Hope the weather has returned to normal now xx


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