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Dept. of The World Is Bigger Than We Are


We spent the first half of Sunday checking the National Weather and Weather Underground sites, weirded out by having a tornado watch for downtown Chicago. That just doesn't happen.

And then all of a sudden, it was a tornado warning and it got very, very dark outside, and they halted the Bears game and evacuated people from Soldier Field, and I watched on Twitter as the tornado tore into Pekin, Illinois, then flattened next-door Washington, Illinois, and realized that I was frightened about a tornado for the first time after decades of living at the back door of Tornado Alley, and sent out a mass email to my condo association members, reminding them that the storage basement was a safe place and to stay away from windows, and thought about how fast I could get the cats into the carriers we had close by, and realized there was nothing, absolutely nothing, that I could do to outrun wind if chance chose to have it bear down on me ....

In the end, we were extremely safe, although some torrential rain and hail fell for a short time, and the wind shoved it sideways into one of our basements, just enough to ruin some boxes of Andy's. But people are dead in downstate Illinois, and the tornadoes bounced across the Midwest and the south, and even New York City - New York City, for chrissake - had a tornado watch.

How are the rest of my friends in the Midwest?

Good thing that global warming is just a liberal hoax, she said bitterly, days after donating to help the Philippines,and considering weather-related disasters both acute and chronic across the globe. ljgeoff, you're right, you know. I just don't have the courage to plan the way you do.

I'm going to send a few dollars the Red Cross's way to help wherever they need it. I hope you all can do the same.

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Nov. 18th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're ok! We got some scary-looking storms near my house, but nothing dangerous.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're safe as well. The weather was frightening; I don't believe I've ever seen a tornado warning stretch into downtown Chicago, and I've lived here more than 30 years.
Nov. 18th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Crap. I'm very VERY glad that you're safe. Tornadoes scare the pants off me, but this late in the year they're just... off my radar, as I'm sure they were off yours, and being in the city makes you feel safe even though logically, weather can happen anywhere.

Nature is scary, especially when being prodded by global warming; it's like humanity is poking a bear with a stick and being amazed every time someone gets mauled.

Nov. 18th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, the bear is up and rumbling about. More people are understanding that. This is a good if upsetting read.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
An excellent piece. I've forwarded the link on to my First Born, who wanted it, after I quoted a bit from it.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
it's like humanity is poking a bear with a stick and being amazed every time someone gets mauled.

Absolutely; I don't think I could have said it any better.

Living in Chicago, tornadoes are a little bit more on the radar, but more in the sense of watching nearby places get affected. As I told ladymercury_10, it was the first time in 30 years that I'd heard of a tornado warning (as opposed to a tornado watch) reach all the way into downtown Chicago.
Nov. 18th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
I have a long list of folk that will be welcomed. Andrew's name is on that list, among others. Just in case.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you my dear. I can promise you someone who's willing to work hard for the group.
Nov. 18th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Bless you, honey...glad you're safe!! I know that must have been nrevewracking!!
Nov. 18th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
It was weird to be nervous about something that had never bothered me in Chicago before.

Did your neck of the woods get any bad weather? I think I saw some Twitter reports about winds in KY.
Nov. 18th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Too much WARM weather for this time of year (which is totally miserable and yes, shows global warming for what it truly is). We had some strong winds, but really nothing of import in this neck of the woods...
Nov. 18th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Good to know. Stay safe!
Nov. 18th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
OMG, I love that icon!!

Nov. 18th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Gank away, my dear; I don't know who created it, since all its identifiers got lost in a major computer crash; we were able to recover the image, but not the original keywords.
Nov. 18th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Snagging icon by Unknown then...arrghhhh!! Wish my packages were up to date! I can look, but it will be impossible to PLACE. *Hands* Well done though. Sorry you lost the name of the creator. They did a fantastic job!
Nov. 18th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
As long as you have it in your hard drive, you have the chance to use it in the future, eh? And perhaps I'll someday find the creator again, and be able to credit her, him, or hir.
Nov. 18th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Very true! And he will be a lovely addition when the time comes!

Nov. 18th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're safe! Tornadoes are frightening.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
So much of nature can be frightening. Awe-inspiring in the old, old sense of the word.
Nov. 18th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
((Pretty funny that "Instant Karma" comes on the radio just as I reach the bottom of this comments page.))
Nov. 19th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's a bitch.
Nov. 19th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
Mum caught a potential rainwater-off-the-blocked-gutter flood before it got into the kitchen, and other than that, well, we're always already in a basement... Really not sure anymore how anybody can look around themselves and deny that there's something screwy about the climate, but alas, that's past the point where you're already pretty fucked. :(
Nov. 19th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Good lord - I'm glad the rainwater-gutter flood was prevented.

The sad thing is that there are so many people willing to put their fingers in their ears and go "lalalalalala" even at this point.
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