While I've been surfing around and reading your blogs I've had the Weather Channel on tv. I know that is really desperate, but I wanted to know if it is going to rain tomorrow. I finally looked up and they were having an interview with one of the guys on the Vortex2 tornado chasing group. Chasing is something I'll never do, but like the dancing shows, I love it when others do. I was a real fan of "Twister" the movie....even though I've never been in a tornado, thank you God! A couple of years ago I had attended a severe weather seminar so that I could call in severe weather...like I'd be out in it..HA! Anyway, they showed us how a tornado forms and what it looks like, etc. All day seminar that I thought would never end because it started so early in the morning. That is another post as to why in the world do things have to start so early in the morning. Anyway, back to the original thought process about the genesis of a tornado. The clouds start to rotate in a counter clockwise and sort of look "raggy". Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks later I was coming home from work and saw the same formation right over the road I was traveling. I thought to myself that looks like that tornado....but decided I was just thinking about that class. Just a little after I got home that tornado touched down a few miles away. That was a very spooky.
We live in "tornado alley" here in Texas, and even though we've only had one big one here in Ft. Worth, that was enough. Our downtown area was like a war zone for a long long time....like about a year or more. One of the buildings was a high rise office building that had all the glass was blown out. Actually there was a restaurant at the top of the building getting ready to open for the dinner hour. The workers saw it coming and got to safety in time. However, the restaurant has now moved to ground level. Another story was about a church that had a Tower of Power where volunteers sat in the tower and prayed for people. The wall of that tower was blown completely away and the women inside were left looking out and probably offering up a prayer or two for their safety that day.
Anyway, getting back to the Vortex2 project here is the link so you can follow them on twitter or get a live feed http://www.norman.noaa.gov/2008/06/vortex2/
Or here http://www.weather.com/tv/programs/vortex2/streaming.html?from=tv_program_promo3 for more info
They are expecting to find one today in Kansas. Maybe it will be like the movie "Twister"....ya think?