Tornado season again

Yes, it seems to be the night for sad news blogs for me. Not that most would know, as with the exception of a very few people, the 2 are pretty well separated, it must be said. As I proved last time around, I dont have a strict US posting load here, and a UK one at the other, I do to some extent tend to write along those lines, as it reflects where most of the respective readership comes from.

Thankfully I’ve never experienced a tornado. I might in September, I guess, but hopefully not! But for much of Kansas, and the surrounding states, they are a way of life, from time to time. Sadly, yesterday was one of those times! Arkansas caught the worst of it, and 16 people (at the latest count) sadly lost their lives. Not that Kansas escaped it, as Baxter Springs got hit pretty badly, and to put it into perspective, its about 50-60 miles from Cherryvale, as the crow flies! I’ve seen the pictures, looks pretty awful to me, but I am an outsider, not used to it, so…

Anyway, should anyone see it from the area, my best wishes to all in those areas, with all my heart.

Of course, the most ‘famous’ Kansas tornado is a fictional one, the one that took Dorothy to the land of Oz, of course. But in reality, they are terrifying things, that do horrific destruction.

So alright, then I come up with this video! Probably not the most apt title for the locals, but a fair comment on what happens to buildings that get in the way of tornadoes

Oh, and any Brits reading this, I’ve got my PMJ ticket now, so feel free to book! In fact, the Manchester concert has proved so popular, its been moved to a larger venue! Sadly not so central, sadly (for me) all standing, and I know how my knees objected to that fact at the OMD concert, ouch! Ah well, the walk back to the station afterwards ‘might’ be painful!

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Tornado Alley

If anyone should read both blogs, and you must be a very exclusive club if you do, then sorry, for the second time running, one blog covers both sites. I only wish this one didnt have to though

Sorry, if you only come here for the video selection, you might as well leave now, there wont be one. Why, because what I’m writing about doesnt really fit in with a music video for me somehow.

Yes, I’m sure that by now, you’ve heard the news about Oklahoma? And though in a sense I’m delighted to hear that the death toll has gone down from 91, to 24, its still not great news all the same. I’ve seen a tornado on TV, thankfully never seen, or experienced one in real life, and I hope it stays that way. The frightening thing, this was only an EF-4 tornado, which means there is one level of tornado more dangerous than that! Makes you think, doesnt it?

Yes, the Mid West is known as tornado alley for a good reason, they happen there on a regular basis, though mostly not as strong as this. And many just blast a 500 yard whole in a corn field, and vanish again, unfortunately this one didnt. Unlike lightning, they do seem to strike twice in the same place, Moore, OK suffering another very bad one just 13 years ago.

As I say, I wouldnt want to get caught up in one. Apart from a few crazy people in a TV show, I’m not sure who would?

Anyway, just to say that at present, my heart goes out to all those in Oklahoma, and the surrounding states at present. So, if you can spare some local currency, of whatever variety, feel free to do so. It doesnt have to be as large as Kevin Durant’s million dollar pledge, because lets face it, our salaries arent in his league in the first place. But just something, join with me.

Link is http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

Alright, pledging over, I promise the next blog will be more lighthearted…hopefully.

Getting serious for once.

I think its fair to say that its because of the whole Cherryvale thing, but it looks like I will be keeping a closer eye on the US tornado season than I ever have before. And I have to say, having experienced it in that sense for the first time over the last couple of days, its a truly frightening thing.

It sounds crazy to say that Cherryvale got off lightly a couple of days ago, but compared to some places, they did. Somewhere about 100 miles north of there called Harveyville got it far worse, and sadly a number of people lost their lives. This morning I switch on the news, and hear about the terrible things that have been inflicted on Henryville, and Maryville, IN and seen the awful pictures of the total destruction wrought there.

I dont know all the details, but I’m told by the news people that last year was the worst tornado season known, and this year, its started earlier than normal, all scary and sad news to me. I dont know if its climate change, simply the luck (or non luck) of the weather, but you do have to wonder?

As I said, Cherryvale got off lightly, a number of windows broken by hailstones, and one barn lost its roof due to the high winds there. I wish that little town all the best for the whole tornado season, but at the same time, I want to wish the whole area the same. Tornados are going to happen, but hopefully no more fatalities, and no more destroyed towns. Probably a vain hope, but one I offer up a prayer for anyway.

Alright, the video, naturally I’m not putting up a film of any tornado doing damage. But equally, I couldnt not put up film of Tornados, so…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENFz2gVItjc

 

Cheating, I know it is, but at the same time… 😉