Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weathering


We came back to OKC just in time for the next round of severe weather. Wednesday and Thursday severe thunderstorms rolled across central Oklahoma. This was our first real threat of hail, high winds and tornadoes.

I was glued to my computer all afternoon watching the progress as it moved toward us. I was so glued that I completely forgot to prepare for dinner. Maeve had to remind me that maybe dinner would be good to have.

I guess it could have been worse. She could have made dinner for herself , ate and left me mesmerized by the swirling patterns of red, yellow and green.

I signed up for texts alerts from the weather stations. Daniel emailed me the tornado watch alert his company put out. I watched the tv forecast. I logged into NOAA for the latest storm track. I even watched the streaming video from the storm chasers cars.

By the time the storm hit the weatherman was ticking off the timetable. Minco 7:15 Yukon 7:20, metro by 7:30pm. They had it down to the minute where the storm would hit.

There were a few tornadoes sighted but nothing huge.

The thunder started at our house at about 8:15pm and lasted until about 1am.

It was LOUD.

Hilde asked to sleep in my bed. I said no. We have too many storms to let that precedent take hold.

I was trying to strike the right balance between preparation. (Knowing when to run for the closet) and calm. I didn't really want to scare my children. Again, we have too many storms for that to be a good idea.

I don't think I did a very good job at striking that balance. We all ended up too worried about a storm that turned out less threatening than predicted.

So, we weathered the storm but it wasn't my best moment in parenting. I ignored my children all day until the begged for food. I scared them with too much information about the storm and then I wouldn't let sleep in my bed to be comforted.

Maybe next storm I will do better. I'll have plenty of practice living in tornado alley.

P.S. I did get a quote for a storm shelter, mostly for peace of mind.



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