Saturday, June 20, 2009

sirens and tornado watches

from the net

A cock on the church spire,

though made of iron,

would soon be broken by the storm wind

if it did not understand

the noble art of turning to every wind.

Heinrich Heine


I much prefer an earthquake

rather than the possibility
of a tornado.

There was a tornado watch yesterday
and the sirens going off were
very near our area.

If nothing else, at least we
may get a slight heads up
before one were to occur.


ratatouille's archives said...

Good~Morning! C.M.,
I must admit that the wind sound(s) strong in the video that you, posted here on your blog.

An earthquake or a tornado?!?
Even though I would rather experience neither an earthquake nor a tornado, I too would prefer the possibility of an earthquake to a tornado any day.

By the way,
What a "nice saying" by Heinrich Heine, and a "nice quote" by Pablo Neruda.
Sorry! However, I’ am going to have to by pass on "nice sounds" this morning!
Take care!
DeeDee ;-D

ratatouille's archives said...

Oh! Yeah, I hope that you have a Happy Father's Day weekend…as well, as your entire readership.

DeeDee ;-

mum said...

cm: there's something about the sound of sirens in the background that makes a solid brick pillar look ominous indeed.

Hope you stay clear of both - earthquakes are pretty scary, too.

Heine - to think his memorial was finally erected in The Bronk - people are truly nuts sometimes.

Father's Day Weekend, is it? A happy one to you, cm.

Merle Sneed said...

For all the years I lived in Nebraska and all the trips to the storm cellar I made, I never saw a real tornado. I wish you the same.

ArtSparker said...

So the sirens are to tell you to get inside? I guess to me, loud noises are just an incitement to panic, Possibly helpful with getting in the mood.

Celeste Maia said...

Wow, I really like your blog! Loved the video of raining and thunder. It is boiling hot here in Madrid, and it never rains. So your video was a heavenly symphony...
Thank you for your commentin my blog. I am still learning, blogs like your help.
Love Pablo Neruda too, but does a poem need peace?

Colette Amelia said...

Well not being in Tornado country I find it hard to imagine how big the storm could be. Now the storms we get here probably don't measure up but I got to say that I find them exciting...I love standing in the open doorway feeling the air and hearing the rain and being caught up with the rage and power of nature...

And after when all is calm the air is so clean and fresh and tingly.

But that is our little storms and I don't think I would feel the same way with your big ones!

Love the Rooster quote!

tony said...

We dont get either here.[well.little wee ones but nothing serious] My part of the World has lots of Floods.......we have an old air raid siren from WW2 that echoes down our long narrow valley whenever a flood is due...........
Stay Safe Sir!

Anonymous said...

C.M., I know that siren wail well enough. Many a twister we weathered in New Mexico( I lived at the tale end of where "Tornado Alley" starts )I can only imagine what my relatives in Arkansas go through, every year. Hopefully the storm's bark will be wose than it's bite, wot? Take care here, yes?

Crazy Ass Beastard said...

My first thought on that quote would be that I would just have to be broken by the storm's winds because I don't like turning to every wind.

But then I suppose that we all probably do more turning with the winds than we care to admit.

Anyway ... I suppose that when Howard Bloom referred to Mother Nature as, "The Bloody Bitch", he was including the weather as well.

Great post ... darkly realistic. A little different for you. I'm a big fan of stuff like this. Like it.

Tom said...

i heard the sirens yesterday, but think it was only a test...the weatherman teased us with promises of severe weather, but mercifily we just got the cusp of a thunderboomer and very little rain.
This is the time of year for adventure...steer clear of foul weather and good luck to you!

Tess Kincaid said...

My nightmares are always of tornados...wide F-5s and skinny twisting sisters. I hate them. I'm with you. I'd take an earthquake over one any day.

Anonymous said...

i think id freak either way. the last time we got hit by an earthquake, we had no warning. it shocked the living daylights out of each of us. loss of life and property coz we werent warned - werent prepared. so ya, either way id totally freak!

lettuce said...

thats such a great quote
and the kind of lesson one has to keep on learning over again

stay safe!

Coffee Messiah said...

dcd: Thanks so much! ; )

mum: Thanks. Coming from the bay area, I find it less worry about earthquakes than what I see from a tornado.

merle: That's where I am frustrated, from all the news photos lately, even going to the basement isn't safe, with nothing but foundations being left in the aftermath ; (

artS: They're to let you know there's a good chance a tornado is coming and to seek safety. I'm never sure myself anymore. Last year one went off in the middle of the night and I just laid there.

celeste: Thanks, your paintings are fantastic.

colette: Oh, I'm with you. If we weren't surrounded by houses and trees I wouldn't be outside, but I'd certainly be on the porch watching. I do like the sights and sounds always. It keeps me in perspective, knowing we aren't as big in this world as we think we are.

tony: Yeah, floods are bad too and don't envy those your way.

subT: Yep, I read there have been twice as many this year already and we have had more in Indiana than usual. Talk of adding it to tornado alley, but not sure it'll make the grade.

simstone: Thanks.I don't think bending with the wind is a bad thing, it depends on how you deal with it really. I appreciate your sentiments. I find that my postings can go either way, and have in a previous incarnation more than now. My mindset is growing some and am all over the place really.

tom: NO test here. The chances were nearby and heading east of us. Looked like parts of Ft Wayne got hit pretty good by the wind though.

willow: Having grown up with shaking and watching pictures on a wall as an indication of the severity of an earthquake, and having been home across the bay from SF in the '89 quake, that was the biggest I've seen in my years.
A tornado is much scarier to me too.

lel: Growing up in earthquake country, I find a tornado chance out here anyway to be more dangerous. I know quakes in other parts of the world aren't as forgiving.

lettuce: Thanks for stopping by!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

funny you remarked that you'd prefer an earthquake over a tornado! I'm the opposite - although being in either (esp perishing) isn't that appealing - but I guess it's what we grow up with as normative.

I lived in lots of places as a kid with BIG WIND events - hurricanes and tornadoes so for me earthquakes are deeply truly terrifying!

indyanna is definitely tornado country - stay safe whatever mother nature decides to throw your way!!

Coffee Messiah said...

kimy: Just goes to show. I just feel if I'm home, after seeing the aftermath of the t's these days, there's just nowhere safe to go ; (