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08:00 am: Scary night
Two tornadoes hit Western MA yesterday. This video is a couple of miles from our house.

We had tornado watches, then tornado warnings, then more tornado warnings, then tornado watches (also storm watches, whatEVer). We went to the basement, we came back upstairs, we went to the basement, we came back upstairs, we went to the basement, we came back upstairs.

Peter never came down for more than a few minutes - he either thinks he's immortal or believes his own codswallop that tornadoes never hit wealthy communities.*

Teddy slept during the last, longest spell in the basement (we have a crib mattress down there, so it was relatively comfortable for him).

I didn't. I didn't sleep much when we came back upstairs for the night, either. The whole thing was very unsettling. Not exactly scary, but... freaky. At one point, the sky was a weird, ominous yellow.** I've never even heard of tornadoes in Massachusetts before, so I was quite diligently following the emergency procedures from weather.com and the weather radio. On the one hand, it was hard to believe a tornado would ever be a threat. On the other hand... dude! Tornadoes! Massachusetts! WTF?

Weirdly enough, Peter and I both had allergies last night. Dunno if more pollen was flinging around in the wind or some other, tornado-related phenomenon was at fault.

Now it's sunny and gorgeous and perfect for Teddy's t-ball game. I just need to stay awake.

* Truly... I was ready to kill him.
** and Peter was apparently outside videotaping it. Fortunately, I didn't find out until after the fact.

Current Location: Longmeadow
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Date:June 6th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I finally learned how tornados form this year from an IMax film at the Museum of Science and Industry. They explained about the tradewinds from the west and the heat from the south causing the funnels to form (or something like that). And it all made sense as to why tornados form in the middle of the country. But the East??? Well, I've been in many tornado watches/warnings and drills. I've seen the weird color of the sky. I've never seen a funnel cloud in real life, but it is all very normal for me to head down to the basement a few times each year. So I'm sorry it was a bit of a scare for you. Weather is definitely getting weirder these days!!
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Date:June 6th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)

Blizzards? SURE! Hurricanes? OK.

Tornadoes? Huh? So weird.
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