Sunday, May 22, 2011

Let's face it, tornados are the best natural disasters

[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.


  1. I read the first question in Jerry Seinfeld's voice. Also, none of my comments on this blog are thought provoking. Fuck it.

  2. That's okay. None of the posts on this blog are thought provoking either.