June 15, 2009

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hail... Oh My!

The last two Sundays have been very interesting where I live. The day starts out beautiful and by mid-afternoon the skies are dark and the tornado sirens are sounding. I have lived in this house for nearly two years and didn't even know until last weekend that we have tornado sirens in our neighborhood.
My daughters used to be terrified of storms, which I think is pretty typical for infants and toddlers. They would scream and cry each time the thunder "roared." These days they're fairly mellow. We play a game when we see lightning. We start counting because we know a "thunder boom" is on the way. Making it a game is definitely better than listening to them scream.
Last week we had a lot of hail. It wasn't very big, but it covered the grass and my daughters thought it was snowing. Yesterday there was hail again, but so much lightening that I had to keep my daughters away from the windows, which bothered them because they wanted to see the storm.
So far we have been lucky in all this severe weather. Our neighborhood has not seen any damage and none of the funnel clouds in the area have been near us. The forecast seems better for the next few days so hopefully the severe weather has blown out of our area.


Sandi said...

we have had a few of these storms too. I drove in one recently. Hail pounding my van. It was not fun!

Miss Behavin said...

I know a lot of people in Ohio like to sit outside on their front porches during a thunderstorm. I don't understand the fascination, but to each his own. My kids don't like to hear them or watch them so we usually light candles and snuggle up together on the couch.

Quadmama said...

We drove through hail a few weeks ago. I thought there would be an accident with all the drivers who were sought shelter at underpasses. We kept driving and less than two minutes later we were out of the hail.
When the tornado sirens went off last week some of our neighbors came outside to look at the sky. Yes, that's a good idea... go outside when there's a tornado on the way.

MaryAnne said...

My daughter has always liked storms. My son, though, gets scared - so I'll have to try out your counting trick.

Quadmama said...

I like sleeping during a good thunderstorm, so I'm glad my girls at least sleep through the "thunder booms."

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