Saturday, May 22, 2010

There's a Tornado! [Just Kidding!]

A couple years ago, the way tornado sirens worked around here changed. I don't know if it's just my state or if it was the entire country, but it changed.

Before, when a tornado siren went off, it was a tornado warning. Tornado warning meant there was a minimum of a funnel cloud hovering in the sky. However, now the sirens go off when we have a thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch. They say this means conditions are favorable for a tornado.



What this really does is a modern day version of crying wolf. When I hear a tornado siren, I want it to mean I have to run for my life. I don't want a "maybe."

Yesterday our sirens went off, we were all sitting up stairs, and our first move was to just turn the TV on because it was probably just a watch with a thunderstorm warning. It took us ten minutes to figure out that it was actually a tornado warning (meaning a likely % for tornadoes, and not actually a funnel cloud anymore).

Good thing there wasn't a tornado, because we would have died sitting up stairs trying to figure out what the siren meant.



No good!

3 comments:

I'm Erin. said...

I had the most vivid dream last night about being in a tornado.
I was huddling under a bed with some total stranger.
Dreams are weird.

Sarah said...

Lol! That's irritating. I think they started doing that everywhere. There have been many times I've hidden in the closet with the sirens blaring only for the storm to blow over within an hour.

Ashley said...

THat is crazy! Our sirens only go off when there is a warning. And the ones on base, you can barely hear them. We slept through one and the tornado touched down outside of base! CRAZY!