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03 March 2012 @ 10:08 am
In which I committed irony  
For once, my icon is directed at myself.

We had either four or five tornado warnings yesterday. (Where warning means "either tornado has been spotted on the ground or the storm is showing strong rotation and may turn into a tornado at any time".)

The first was at work, about 1:45 eastern. I posted about that yesterday.

The second was after work, about 5:30 eastern. I had just gotten to my car (which I'd parked in the garage for once, because the weather guy had been predicting hail) when it was called, so I waited that one out in the garage; I figured underground and poured concrete was pretty safe. I left at about 6:15.

I ended up driving through the third one, called at 6:40. I was on a stretch of Alcoa Highway that contained absolutely nowhere I'd consider safe to shelter (lots of sheet-metal and plate-glass car showrooms on one side; nothing but fast-foodies on the other). Since there wasn't anywhere safe, I kept on going. About six miles from home, I also started praying pretty continuously, because the lighting was near-continuous and the sky wasn't just dark but Ugly Dark.

I'm not sure if the next one, at about 7:15, was a new warning or a continuation of the one I'd driven through; that lasted until about 8:00. Either way, the cell bypassed us to the south. I hope that the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area made it through safely.

The last one was called at 9:40, but was to the north of us and moving northeast.

I may complain about our local weatherwitch [1], but for last night, I'm very grateful to him or her. At the same time, I know there were confirmed tornadoes all over the state, and I'm sad for the people who were caught in them. I don't know yet, because I haven't checked the news, whether there were any deaths or injuries, but I know there was property damage.

[1] Seriously, Dale and I are certain there is someone in the area who deflects weather around the county. I am not lying when I give you this example: often, when it snows, it will be just a powdered-sugar dusting right up to the county line, and on the other side of the line there'll be an inch-and-a-half of snow on the ground. And I don't mean "a few miles on the other side of the line, past the river" I mean "on the other side of the 'entering Knox County' sign".
 
 
 
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Peter Engdornbeast on March 3rd, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, for what that's worth.
mujetdeboismujetdebois on March 3rd, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I know some of our local weather witches and they are quite adept at deflecting or deterring things from happening until after events. I was supposed to go to a class on this, this weekend, sadly it has been cancelled due to those unforseen circumstances. Hopefully, we'll get it back on the schedule.
Cymru Llewescymrullewes on March 3rd, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds like something I saw a few years ago. Snowy highway right up to exit 18 then straight line across the highway and clear highway for the next 15 miles I was on it.

But I'm betting it might be something prosaic like there's a geological formation that made putting the county line there practical and it also deflects weather.
Maggiesillymagpie on March 3rd, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad you made it home okay! Please tell me your home has a basement.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 4th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
No, unfortunately, it does not. Not even a crawlspace. And no really secure interior rooms. See, when the house was built, this wasn't considered an active tornado zone.

If we ever have the money to build the Dream House, it *will* have a basement.
Violet Tigress: scaredy catviolet_tigress1 on March 3rd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds pretty sensible to me. I'm glad you made it home.

I'd take an earthquake over a tornado, any day
Kats: Purritowildrider on March 5th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Well, that's like driving west through New Mexico into Arizona -- on the New Mexico side it's more or less flat, featureless, and grey, and when you hit "Welcome to Arizona" it becomes mountainous and colorful...

I'm glad you guys are still safe. The weather has been decidedly odd, even here (sure, it's been warm in January before, but this year is just WEIRDLY warm. It's downright hot today).