Jun 21, 2006

Waiting Out the Storm

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Left: Toledo radar image from 7:45 pm courtesy of Intellicast.com

(Toledo, OH) Lucas County is experiencing its first tornado warning of the year, and as I write this I am cooped up in my basement with my children.

They were a bit reluctant to heed the admonishment to take cover, but did so with a minimum of complaining. They have been brought up in an era when schools reinforce weather drills, and intuitively know that tornado warnings should be taken seriously.

The screaming emergency sirens, however, made the issue a moot point.

My new laptop has an excellent battery, and has only lost 21% of its power in the past 30 minutes. I have been able to track radar, follow the National Weather Service broadcasts, and blog while waiting for the warning to be lifted.

The ability to access up-to-the-minute weather information is much preferred to the old method of waiting for radio stations to provide data in between commercials and programming.

11 comments:

BrianMaxson said...

Am I the only person that remembers the tornado warning on August 16th, 1977?

Shame you couldn't wait a couple of more days, Mike. You could have got a reimbursement from FEMA for that laptop.

:x

Berserker said...

A month or so ago, one of the Accuweather meteorologists declared his concern for SE MI and NW OH. He was seeing a high probability that the rest of the US would be very hot, while our area would be the point where the cool and hot areas meet.

While one one instance isn't a trend, it makes me pause. -- Oh, in the basement, of course, Mike and kids.

Suss & The Family Stone said...

If I have one Lucas County gripe, it's local weather coverage.

Case in point: WTVG had a SEVERE WEATHER ULTIMATE ALERT NEWS BREAK THINGAMABOB with some rough weather in Hillsdale County. There was also a T-Storm warning in that county, and they shaded it with red. On top of that they use red for the really nasty weather. So the red-shaded warning compounded the OMFG THE WEATHER WILL KILL US ALL! GO TO YOUR BASEMENTS WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY FLOOD!

Oh and WTVG calls their weather tracking system VIPIR. Snakes are scary, as we'll find out in an upcoming movie this summer about them in planes.

Anonymous said...

yep - headed to the basement only to find that the drain for the outside steps to the basement had clogged up and there was about 1 inch of water in the "tool room" spreading into the laundry room and, fortunately, heading for the sump pump ... the builder of the house had put a raised "bump" between the tool room and the main area of the basement so no water where it mattered...only about an hour to get it cleaned up and then unclog the drain..finally - after the lightening stopped, cleaning out the gutters and getting rid of all those horrible maple tree things which is why the water was going down the steps...

great way to spend the first day of summer

historymike said...

We have been lucky so far. No water in the basement, no trees down, and the power is still on.

Of course, there is still one more wave of T-storms yet to pass through here.

Anonymous said...

I'm so upset that they interrupted regular programming for this weather coverage. I now missed the premiere of CBS's Big Brother--poo poo on Channel 11.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised NBC 24's Bill Spencer didn't come out of the woodwork with his big flashing light van warning us all that the world is ending.

Anonymous said...

Is Frank Szollosi now gonna blame Carty for this storm? I can't wait till he hog the media to cry wolf.

Valbee said...

Thanks for the graphic, Mike. It's the first I've seen of what hit us last night. Power was out when I got home from work and I left there just as things were getting interesting in my part of town.

Kate said...

We had something straight out of 'War of the Worlds' here. It was - well it was a point of reconciliation for me.

My oldest son called me on the phone (which I still can't get past - Nextel worked in a tornado) to tell me goodbye and to take care of his family. I haven't been 'ok' since.

But it sure has put the priority on the front burner. Funny, it wasn't my job.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Twas a bit soggy in my South Toledo basement.

Just enough to ruin every cardboard box on the basement floor. . .

Time to reevaluate my collections. . .