TORNADO SEASON ARRIVES: And That Special Anniversary I Remember Far Too Well........

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 22, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    Well springtime in Kansas is always an interesting weather event. We have all kinds of wild weather, sometimes in close proximity... mainly because of our position, close to the Rocky Mountains (which produces air currents
    and winds that clash with the cold fronts coming from the north)... the result can be tornadoes.

    I'd never seen a tornado. I was always fascinated by the one on the "Wizard of Oz". They did a great job fabricating it.. I always thought the "dust up" around the tornado looked more like the real thing than the tornado itself.. but it wasn't bad.... until that day on April 26, 1991.

    I live in Andover, which is right outside of Wichita, Kansas. I had been studying for law school finals and my family had been gone on vacation that last Friday in April.. expected back that evening. The weather people had been saying for days that it was going to be rough. I mowed the lawn that afternoon.. the clouds and wind was thick with humidity.. and you could watch it happen..... and then it did happen. An "F-5" happened. If you have never seen tornado damage, its something you won't EVER forget for the rest of your life. 7 people died in Andover that evening.

    I saw the tornado coming.. didn't hit our home, but we were about a mile from it... to me it sounded like a B-1 bomber that they had at McConnell AFB in Wichita... it was so odd. We lost power for 3 days... but that was nothing compared to the damage.

    Just Beware and watch out as we move into this violent season....!!

    2 videos... The "Wizard of OZ" tornado.. and then a video of the Andover tornado in 1991.... the end of it is the best.. much of what I remember from this horrible day.....

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    Apr 23, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    I was amazed at that second video. You may not have earthquakes, mud slides or monsoons, but you have tornadoes sometimes. Wow. The sounds of the sirens were scary too. icon_eek.gif
  • dantoujours

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    Apr 23, 2009 3:36 AM GMT
    I saw three tornadoes when I was in southern Ontario during an outbreak in 1974. One tore apart a condominium complex and the other two danced across a lake.

    It's an amazing sight.