Yesterday you saw a photograph of my glasses and hail for Wordless Wednesday. Today on Tell me Thursday I tell you the story behind this bizarre picture.
We live in Colorado and boy have we been experiencing [tag]Tornado[/tag] weather. The closest I had come to a Tornado was “[tag]Twister[/tag]” the movie before. But after a Sunday stroll to our local indoor Farmer’s market we heard sirens we’d never heard before.
The bagger was talking about flying dogs ( I guess a reference to the above film and flying cows) and he thought maybe he should go home and put his dog in then. People started migrating towards the windows and pointing. Like good little sheep we did too to see what they were all looking at.
Wow! a twister/tornado [tag]funnel cloud[/tag] was dropping out of the sky and moving. It was amazing to watch from the comfort of the farmer’s market with 100s of others. Once we snapped out of the general awe about what we could see; a funnel cloud getting smaller, bigger, moving etc we realized it was in our general home direction but really couldn’t be sure.
Anyway long exiting story short- Got the kids in the car and tried to make it home. Stopped with the other cars when we could see flying debris ahead. Watched as the tornado disappeared over the hill…the other way, thankfully.
Three minutes later my husband remarked, “Where’s the hail?”There’s always hail” Funny look from me <really?> “They had HUGE [tag]hail[/tag] in Twister.” Hail started to fall.
It was one of those moments.
I looked at him. He looked at me. It should have been great comic timing but those things were loud and well….scary for us the Tornado virgins with kids to pacify in the back.
We got inside buzzing from our experience. Hail still falling and checked the news- which said something like GO to the Basement( why are you reading this message- just kidding). Eerie sirens going off—-Was it wartime!
I snapped this picture to remind us and tell our story to family. This was Day 1 or what turned out to be ten days of tornado funnel clouds spotting in [tag]Colorado[/tag].
Unusual weather of Colorado. The downside is everytime we go from blue skies to thunderclouds all the boys immediately panic looking for funnel clouds. They’ve had a few tornado alerts + sirens at school too so they get a bit hysterical about the whole thing.
So our neighbourhood is littered with signs advertising roof companies. We are all getting new roofs and taking our cars to the body shop to get rid of dents caused by hail.
From what I can tell no fatalities just property damage.
Thunderstorms will never been the same for a while at least.
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Oh my goodness! What an experience! When I was little I lived in Oklahoma. We had a tornado come through our town. I will never forget the color of the sky. I have seen it only one other time since them. It is not something I want to relive! My son on the other hand wants to grow up and study tornadoes! Where does he get this from? My Tell Me Thursday is here.
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How scary! I’m glad you and your home are O.K. I guess at least you have a great story to tell, now!
What a story!! I remember tornado warnings from living in OK and WI, bu never saw one up close! Great story to share!
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Karen ~Georgia Angel says
wow! I don’t think I’ve ever personally seen hail that big. I’ve only seen pea sized hail and that is loud in a car. I can’t imagine what large sized hail would sound like. Glad you are all safe with no major damage. Have a good weekend.
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What a story. I know how scary mother nature can me. I was one of 9 people hiding out for safety in a bathroom during Hurricane Andrew in Miami. I would have never guessed that was the story behind your photo. – Debi
Dawn (Painter Mommy) says
Oh my goodness! I would’ve been freaking out! The closest I have ever come to a tornado is in Twister too! We don’t have many of them here on the East coast. I have seen hail though and that can be scary enough. Thank God you guys are ok!
And I also wanted to say thankyou for stopping by my site and commenting about the library. That is really wonderful that both your hubby and you can take advantage of the wonderful books there. But that would get confusing keeping track of all the books. LOL I have a hard enough time keeping track of just the books I get. I try to keep them separate from the books we own. I have a special basket just for the library books, but the kids take them out and of course they get mixed up.
Well, thanks again for stopping by my site. I really appreciate the support of other moms.
Have an awesome day! DAWN
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Tell Me Thursday says
Wow! That’s amazing! We live in Tornado country so we’re sort of “used to” them but there’s still that moment of panic each time the sirens go off wondering if this one is “the” one.
Glad you’re safe and well!
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Oh my goodness! How “funny” that all “hail” broke loose when your hubby said that! I can imagine your kiddos are a little skiddish of storms now. I am, and have never experienced any “major” weather event other than storms, snows, flooding, etc. I cannot imagine seeing a tornado. I think I would faint! LOL I could barely make it through Twister, and cried over all the poor cows and such! LOL I have no “stomach” for such things. What a great story.
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