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Old 08-15-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Olathe, KS
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If you want to avoid twisters then your best bet would be to live in bigger cities like Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City (KS). Bigger cities like those tend to have far lower chances of getting tornadoes.
Bigger cities are just as likely to get hit by tornadoes as anywhere else.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I have found that a good way to avoid the fear of tornadoes is to not watchKatie Horner, Gary Lezak or Mike Thompson. I have had it up to here with those three. Lezak has become even scarier than Katie, and Thompson always uses terms like "it's gonna get ugly, that monster is taking aim at KC". Lezak does his level best to work the word "severe" into as many forecasts as possible, even if it means telling us "this storm won't be severe". So I am now down to watching two weather people out of all of them in KC: Don Harman and Brett Anthony. They're not hysterics. They don't engage in hyperbole very often. I never watch the weather in the evenings. I'd watch Bryan Busby, but I always have a hard time understanding him because he talks so fast. Seriously, some of the TV weather people are scarier than the weather in Kansas!

I miss Tom Skilling in Chicago.
I loved Katie Horner and wish she were still in Kansas City. Gary Lezak is okay, but I don't watch him. And I don't like Mike Thompson. He's kind of milquetoast/boring and I think he felt threatened by Katie Horner and made comments about her that made him look unprofessional. If he felt confident in himself he wouldn't need to put her down.

I actually appreciated Katie Horner staying on the air when there were threats in the viewing area, even when it didn't impact ME. She stayed on during the Joplin tornado and she was criticized for that. Her coverage never scared me. I appreciated the information. She was really into weather and got excited about it. I think that's a good thing. As a weather person, I would hope she would be.

Now St. Louis has Katie Horner and I wish she were still here. She was the only weather person I watched. Now I just get my weather from weather.com or local on the 8s from Weather Channel or the Time Warner local weather station.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Wow! Mike Thompson is still there?

I remember him doing KC weather in the 80s when I was there.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Not sure if you can really overcome a fear of tornadoes... I mean... they are one of the scariest things you could see or experience on this earth.

If anything... Knowledge is the power here... the more you know about tornadoes and the safety precaustions you need to know in order to enhance the chance to survive, the less fearful you may be.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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Wow! Mike Thompson is still there?

I remember him doing KC weather in the 80s when I was there.
Yep, he's still around!
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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Not sure if you can really overcome a fear of tornadoes... I mean... they are one of the scariest things you could see or experience on this earth.

If anything... Knowledge is the power here... the more you know about tornadoes and the safety precaustions you need to know in order to enhance the chance to survive, the less fearful you may be.
But...I have lived in "tornado alley" for 56 years and I have never seen a tornado. I have been in tornado watches and warnings, but I have never come face to face with one. I think people worry way too much about them. Yes, they happen, just like hurricanes happen in Florida and the east and gulf coast and earthquakes happen in California. Almost all homes in this area have basements. If there is a tornado warning or the sky looks green, don't worry - just go to the basement. I think I have posted before that in the 27 years I have lived in my house, I have only actually felt like I needed to go to the basement twice, and both times nothing happened.

Actually I think I read at one time that Florida has more tornadoes than Kansas.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:57 PM
 
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Not sure if you can really overcome a fear of tornadoes... I mean... they are one of the scariest things you could see or experience on this earth.

If anything... Knowledge is the power here... the more you know about tornadoes and the safety precaustions you need to know in order to enhance the chance to survive, the less fearful you may be.
If you have an obsessive fear of storms and tornadoes, as I did for several years after moving to KS, you CAN get over it. I am over it. Sure, I'll have a normal fear if one bears down on our property, but that's totally different than a fear of it happening -- a fear that hangs over you all the time. That's a phobia. I got therapy, both talk therapy and medication, and after about 18 months, that was that. I am back to loving a good storm again.

But when we get a tornado watch or warning, yeah, I get a little nervous and am goued to streaming radar.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS, Riverside
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I am a lifelong Kansan, 52 years and I've never seen a tornado. Really. However we have had some scares but knock on wood never lost anything to a tornado. Insurance does cover tornado damage. So make sure You have access to a basement and you will be fine.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Here
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I most definitely pray I never see a tornado! Being from the West Coast, many have told me they'd rather deal with tornadoes than with earthquakes. Yet where I lived, thankfully, I was never adversely affected by an earthquake.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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But when we get a tornado watch or warning, yeah, I get a little nervous and am goued to streaming radar.
I'm out in the street watching the sky! Love storms!
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