[Edit: Of course, as soon as I post this, a tornado kills a ton of people in Missouri. Now I feel like a jerk.]
Looks like we just had a tornado west of the cities! It knocked over some trees and stuff! Anyway, what's the deal with tornado warnings? There appear to be three alert levels:
-Tornado watch, meaning, there could be a tornado.
-Tornado warning, meaning, there is a tornado.
-And then the sirens go off, meaning, there's a tornado and it's headed this way!
But what exactly am I supposed to do at each stage? Since I'm probably not going to spend all day hiding in my basement because someone issued a severe weather bulletin, the first two don't seem to do much good. Then again, I'm the wrong audience for this sort of stuff. Here's how I react to all three:
-When there's a tornado watch, I wonder what it would be like to see a tornado.
-When there's a tornado warning, I wonder what it would be like to see a tornado.
-When the sirens go off, I rush out to my porch in hopes of seeing a tornado.
In my defense, I'm pretty sure everyone does the same. As far as disasters go, tornados have got to be the most exciting, and more importantly, the most YouTube-able. Relatedly, here is a really awesome video of a tornado in Canada. I probably watch it once a month. Come on, you have to be a little bit jealous of the guys that took it.