Monday, April 23, 2012

I made my son wear a helmet in the bathtub...

Since it's Spring here in Ohio---like we really even had a winter---I've been keeping a close eye on the weather. We've already been hit with a pretty severe storm and we've had a few tornado warnings in the area, so I've been a little on edge when I hear the word "thunderstorm" in the 5-day forecast.

It's weird, though. I used to get so excited when a storm was on the way, but now that I have a soon-to-be 5-year-old to protect, I get a little panicky. All I used to worry about was grabbing my camera, but now I have to have my "tornado kit," my cell phone, a mattress, numerous blankets and pillows, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, and a television set nearby. When I'm rushing, hands full, to the bathroom, Buddha stares at me as if I'm a mad woman.

Don't get me wrong. I still love storms and I'm still fascinated by tornadoes, I just love my son more.

Once, the loud screeching of the National Weather Service tornado warning rang in my ears, so with ninja speed, I grabbed C, raced to the bathroom, and made him wear his bicycle helmet while I surrounded him with pillows, blankets, mattresses, tissue paper, and whatever else I could find (okay, so maybe not tissue paper). As it turns out, the "dangerous thunderstorm" was actually just a quick gust of wind and splash of rain. True story. After it was over, I felt silly. C loved it though.

Better safe than sorry, right?

Anyway, I was going through some photos and I wanted to share with you a few storm shots that I've taken over the past few years.

I could be wrong, but I believe this was the beginning of a wall cloud.
Summer 2011

This was a very ominous cloud. The tornado sirens were set off soon after.

These are mammatus clouds that we witnessed before a strong storm in 2011.
I've seen some pretty crazy skies in my day, but I still have yet to see a funnel cloud. While I hope I don't see one anytime soon because it's my job to protect my son, it's still on my bucket list.

Do you like storms?

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