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Tornados in Texas… sound, fury and death

December 27, 2015


I stood in the entryway to my sons home and watched the boiling black clouds explode to brilliant white as the lightning reached downward to the earth. Alerts on the television and a ham radio spoke of numerous areas of destruction in the storms wake. As I watched the power of the lightning a mournful sirean began to wail, its intensity soon blocking any chance of hearing the rumble being born of that lightning. 


Wether you believe by chance or as I do the hand of God, my son his family and myself were a number of miles from the EF4 that wrote a path of destruction and death. We listened intently to the amateur radio operators who were members of ‘Skywarn’ as they reported from other locations where tornados had also been observed. Between these reports, a storm warning app that Claudia, my sons wife, had on her phone and the television and we could see that the tornados would pass us a little to the South-East. In looking at the pictures from the Dallas Morning News we can see we were very fortunate in the track of that storm.  


It made me wonder today

when reading the reports

of numerous tornados so close-by

why did they wreak their destruction there 

instead of here.


All photo’s courtesy of Steve Pfost/Staff Photographer The Dallas Morning News
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Del permalink
    December 28, 2015 4:01 am

    Prayers to all affected by theses storms……..


  2. December 28, 2015 6:44 am

    hey, i haven’t been keeping up with your blog so much lately… so much going on! glad you’re here and safe. the devastation missed us too, down the road from where you are.


  3. December 28, 2015 7:02 am

    Glad to hear from ya, Pete, I was becoming concerned. EF 4’s are nothing to ignore as they can easily remove stout houses from their foundations as you witnessed. The Skywarn folks are the best; as a severe weather spotter in Ohio and Michigan I had times when I was in touch with them and they truly were integral in saving lives. Off to get the first two wisdom teeth removed in a couple of hours…


  4. Jon permalink
    December 31, 2015 7:19 am

    I also was thinking about you & your family Pete in the wake of not only the tornadoes but the blizzards in the Panhandle. We got 8″ of snow from that very storm Mon. night into Tues. 45 deg. in Fairbanks yesterday & 8 here this morning.
    Prayers to all those affected.


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