Tornado in the Heartland

In 1983, we lost a house just southeast of Topeka to a tornado. You can imagine that I watch clouds and am leery of strange looking cloud formations. If the clouds look green or have large bumps on the bottom that is a sign of hail. Hail clouds mean violence aloft and there is always the possibility of a tornado. If you see a cloud that looks like it is pushed up like a wall, there is always a possibility that a tornado will spin out of it. yesterday was one of those days. A large wall cloud was visible to the south west of here. I turned on the TV and they said there had been a tornado in Topeka and it was headed right for Dave's house. I knew his wife was home alone and I rushed up there in the car. I had to wake her up from a nap to get her to come out and get in the car. Thank god it didn't touch down there as we would have been toast. The sirens sounded right as I got out of the car and on his porch.

As the storm clouds moved north and east, it did develop a rotation and set down a funnel in a couple of places. At least we escaped any damage.

Just another day in the heartland.



  1. I guess I just take it for granted that Kansas has more than their share of tornado's.
    Here in Mid-Tenn, the old urban legend is if you build your house in the valleys between the mountains tornadoe's would not touch you. Not true, as a lot of folks have found out over the years. Glad everyone is safe.

  2. MUD, I'm glad y'all didn't get hit. I've lived through two big 'uns...though never got destruction like y'all did.

    People that don't take 'em seriously are just plain stoopid.

  3. I grew up with hurricanes. Weather everywhere.