It's spring in Oklahoma. At 4:16 PM today, the following message popped up on the email at work:
"Severe weather advisories including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and large hail have been issued for the entire NE Oklahoma area. Please use caution and stay tuned to the weather as you're preparing to leave the office and as you travel home this afternoon/evening."
Of course this sends everyone to Explorer to check out the radar. I call to check with the mother of Kiddo's best friend to find out if her daughter was at swim practice. She's not, but the mom tells me there are reports of golf ball sized hail one county over. OK, that's it. I packed up my work stuff, pulled Kiddo out of swim practice and headed home to get the newest of our cars into the garage. Kiddo and I get home, turn on the TV to check out the radar just as the weather radio comes on with a tornado warning for our community, there's one 6 miles south and headed our way. So this was definitely my favorite thing early this evening:
This is the storm "cellar" which is bolted to the floor of our garage. It doesn't look like much, but it's rated for a F4 tornado. It is definitely a nice thing to have when the tornado sirens go off.
My guy keeps it stocked with what Kiddo and I call his "cranky" toys. The radio and flashlights are hand cranked which eliminates the need to be sure they have working batteries. It's nice to have the radio, we have a local AM station that does a real good job of keeping up with the local Office of Emergency Planning, so you can follow what's going on.
We got a bit of hail, strong winds and lots of rain. Thankfully no tornado. It even cleared off enough so that the sun came out for a bit before it set.
That's it for me this week. Hop over to Quilting in My Pyjama's for more favorite things.