Tornado warnings in mid-November? Really?

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Large wet leaves blanket the area. Squirrels and deer alike scour the land to collect acorns. Certain days it’s humid and other days the chill goes through our bones. We could always use the rain. Lake Lanier has been down more than 10 feet this season.  There are a cluster of days where our furnaces are distributing heat in our humble abodes and then they get a rest when it warms up outside. The most baffling weather events occur from time to time in the autumn. We typically hit long dry spells followed by a day or two of torrential rains. It’s rarely a slow droning rain. We experience rain events that are too much, too fast.

It was mid-November and we were under a tornado warning. What? In mid-November? Indeed, our weather patterns are similar to a roller coaster, but a violent weather event in November is rare, but not surprising these days. The extreme humid air met cold, a recipe for disaster. One can just feel that something’s amiss on days like that.

The warnings were issued via radio, Web and television.

“Batten the hatches! Buckle up! This is going to be a nasty ride!” the perfectly coiffed television weather personnel caterwauled throughout their special programming — which pre-empted the regularly scheduled network fare of the remaining soap operas, game and cooking shows. Yes, the local weather aficionados provide an important public safety announcement. Scores of examples can be found where television meteorologists saved lives in many U.S. markets. Still, the weather reporters go beyond providing the facts and add plenty of drama which makes for great television.

To me, it seems like these disconcerting weather events happen more frequently. Perhaps it’s because I’m a homeowner and just wish that I will not have to deal with damage and the insurance adjusters. Whatever it is, I just hope for a quick passage to the violent weather and pray that no one will lose their precious belongings and worse yet, their lives.

On November 16, most escaped nature’s wrath except for a man in the southern portion of Forsyth County. A pine tree snapped and fell on his vehicle.  Another family without a husband, father, provider. One minute there’s calm, peace, serenity and the next, mayhem, chaos and insecurity. It’s unexplainable. It’s unimaginable.

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