Late April - early May is the heart of tornado season (at least in these parts). This year has been unusual in that I think we've only had a couple of watches and no confirmed (don't hold me to that) touchdowns in the county. Normally it seems like most years we'd have heard the civil defense sirens in the county going off at least once or twice by now. Knock on wood. The last time a tornado tore through downtown was back in 1980 (and I believe killed five or six people).
Take a look at the map. Not surprisingly, Oklahoma and parts of Texas are Tornado central, with parts of the great plains, midwest and Florida not far behind. Evidently they don't get tornados at all west of the Rockies and very few out east.
Do you live in 'tornado country'? If so, have you ever experienced a close call?I recollect in elementary school we used to do a 'disaster drill' (similar to fire drills) where everyone would crouch down in the hallway with a book over their head about once a year. I'm curious if this was normal practice in the places shown in yellow on the map?
I think I'll watch ye olde 'Twister' video tonight.