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Old 12-05-2007, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Gotcha beat, hon. I lived in Oklahoma until I was 62 and didn't see a tornado until I was 58. Well, actually, I didn't see it, 'cause we were hiding in the closet.
My first was in elementary school.....the principal sounded the tornado warning and we all went into the hallway and covered up (sort of a "kiss your ass goodbye" fetal position). My classroom was on the west side and as we moved to the hallway I looked out and saw a funnel heading towards us. For some reason, just before it hit, it went back up and came down a mile and a half east of the school.

My next one was when I was a kid visiting an uncle outside of Perry, on a small farm he had there. He called us out one day and said we needed to get ready to take shelter and pointed north and a bit west as a funnel formed and touched down. It was a good mile away, so we just watched as it skipped across the wheat fields.

I was about 10 or 11 when I saw three form at the same time. Again we were south of the wall cloud, driving from Hennessey to Tulsa, and again we were near Perry, and again we just watched. I recall dad spending more time looking in the rear view mirror than the road ahead.

I saw one north of Park City Kansas once when I I lived there. And again driving from Wichita to Tulsa just east of Highway 35 near Blackwell. I saw another one out near the Palo Duro Canyon on a ranch I was visiting. Back in the 80's I was on my way to church when one set down in Tulsa, but I never saw it up close.....I was lucky on that one, they were saying it was an F4 or close to it.


I've seen quite a few for a guy who never storm chased.......guess I'm just lucky that way.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:49 AM
 
Location: In My Own Little World. . .
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My first was in elementary school.....the principal sounded the tornado warning and we all went into the hallway and covered up (sort of a "kiss your ass goodbye" fetal position). My classroom was on the west side and as we moved to the hallway I looked out and saw a funnel heading towards us. For some reason, just before it hit, it went back up and came down a mile and a half east of the school.

My next one was when I was a kid visiting an uncle outside of Perry, on a small farm he had there. He called us out one day and said we needed to get ready to take shelter and pointed north and a bit west as a funnel formed and touched down. It was a good mile away, so we just watched as it skipped across the wheat fields.

I was about 10 or 11 when I saw three form at the same time. Again we were south of the wall cloud, driving from Hennessey to Tulsa, and again we were near Perry, and again we just watched. I recall dad spending more time looking in the rear view mirror than the road ahead.

I saw one north of Park City Kansas once when I I lived there. And again driving from Wichita to Tulsa just east of Highway 35 near Blackwell. I saw another one out near the Palo Duro Canyon on a ranch I was visiting. Back in the 80's I was on my way to church when one set down in Tulsa, but I never saw it up close.....I was lucky on that one, they were saying it was an F4 or close to it.


I've seen quite a few for a guy who never storm chased.......guess I'm just lucky that way.
Goodpasture, when we move to OK will you take my 15 year old daughter out for a drive? She has wanted to be a storm chaser/photographer since way before we decided to move to Oklahoma. In fact, that may have been part of our reason to move there. We decided so long ago, I don't remember exactly. Anyway, if you're so lucky as to find tornadoes she would love to be a passenger!!
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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I don't go looking for them, but if she likes that sort of thing, the University of Oklahoma in Norman is one of the best weather schools in the country. I bet she can find genuine storm chasers there that would love to take her along....particularly if she is planning on going there for school.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Hughes County, Oklahoma
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That reminds me of the time my husband and I were watching for tornadoes at I-35 and Sorghum Mill road where we used to have our office. We decided to walk up to the bridge to get a better view of the sky. Suddenly the crew working on an oil well across the road started sounding a very loud alarm horn. We could hear the sirens going off. We had to run (we are both a little chubby) down the road to our building. All the storm chasers came driving down the road with us. We were worried that someone might take a video of how ridiculous we must have looked. We did not see that tornado, it was just a little one.
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:20 AM
 
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Well, I have lived here a year, and I have seen funnels. But that was when I was living in CA where we called them Dirt Devils.
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:22 AM
 
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Well, you have all made me very glad to be living in this hole called Tahlequah where the tornadoes would bounce off the mountains or get slowed down by the river and then dissapate.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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Goodpasture, when we move to OK will you take my 15 year old daughter out for a drive? She has wanted to be a storm chaser/photographer since way before we decided to move to Oklahoma. In fact, that may have been part of our reason to move there. We decided so long ago, I don't remember exactly. Anyway, if you're so lucky as to find tornadoes she would love to be a passenger!!
We saw these storm chasers in KS while on vacation. Here is their stormmobile. I think its designed to go into the tornado.




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Old 12-06-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Somewhere! :)
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We saw these storm chasers in KS while on vacation. Here is their stormmobile. I think its designed to go into the tornado.
That thing would make one H*ll of a projectile....

The occupants might not get hurt, but imagine the poor chump who gets hit by it when it's kicked out of the tornado into something... Or someone.

(My daughter told me she saw that on TV at Nanna's house.)

M.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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My first was in elementary school.....the principal sounded the tornado warning and we all went into the hallway and covered up (sort of a "kiss your ass goodbye" fetal position). My classroom was on the west side and as we moved to the hallway I looked out and saw a funnel heading towards us. For some reason, just before it hit, it went back up and came down a mile and a half east of the school.

My next one was when I was a kid visiting an uncle outside of Perry, on a small farm he had there. He called us out one day and said we needed to get ready to take shelter and pointed north and a bit west as a funnel formed and touched down. It was a good mile away, so we just watched as it skipped across the wheat fields.

I was about 10 or 11 when I saw three form at the same time. Again we were south of the wall cloud, driving from Hennessey to Tulsa, and again we were near Perry, and again we just watched. I recall dad spending more time looking in the rear view mirror than the road ahead.

I saw one north of Park City Kansas once when I I lived there. And again driving from Wichita to Tulsa just east of Highway 35 near Blackwell. I saw another one out near the Palo Duro Canyon on a ranch I was visiting. Back in the 80's I was on my way to church when one set down in Tulsa, but I never saw it up close.....I was lucky on that one, they were saying it was an F4 or close to it.


I've seen quite a few for a guy who never storm chased.......guess I'm just lucky that way.
Notice how they're parked? Like they just bought a new car and don't want it scratched so they take up three parking spots. Those smug tornado chasers and their fancy new toys... tsk.tsk
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Those red and white things in the four corners come down and anchor it, supposedly to keep it from flipping over. I wonder if it has hydraulics to lower it so no air gets underneath.

Those guys were drinking a lot of beer the night before.
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