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Old 03-08-2011, 07:27 PM   #29
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The ditches in my favorite campground are full of al-E-gators.... yikes That thought occurred to me last summer when I heard the tornado sirens from the cape.

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:25 PM   #30
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Just think of it as picking out fabric for your next purse and shoes......
You can make them out of snake skin too.

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #31
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:53 PM   #32
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No easy answers. We were camped on an extremely exposed, high campground overlooking a lake last year, on a hot summer's day, when an unforecast severe thunderstorm came through. Due to the remote location and the hilly terrain we were not able to receive any local radio or TV stations with useful weather reporting. The park ranger stopped by and advised us we were in a tornado watch area and that the park didn't have any kind of storm shelter.

The park ranger advised us of a local radio station that carried tornado warnings if issued but I later found that due to an equipment failure they weren't transmitting them so we ended up listening to bad music for no good reason all night. There had been tornados in the area with minor damage 50 miles away or so.

Since then I have started carrying a portable NOAA weather radio in the trailer, although it's unclear whether it would have helped. In remote hilly areas the NOAA stations can't always be heard.

Being relatively unfamiliar with the area and given the risk of flash floods and the difficult nighttime stormy driving conditions decamping to wander the roads didn't seem like the height of wisdom and in fact I'm glad we stayed put.

Since the tornado watch was issued around 2 hours before the severe weather started, and since the storms were widespread over a 500 mile square area there wasn't any way we were going to outrun the storm.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:16 AM   #33
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Wow- what a reality check. I guess I can't always hope to have blue skies and sunny days or even mixed with a few drizzle-y ones...I sure hope that I never have to experience this first-hand....that AS that the tree toppled on truly is scarey...
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:21 AM   #34
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We were parked in a small municipal campground just off I-7o in central Kansas last spring when the weather radio made that horrible sound and the nice computerized man told us that the county we we sitting in was now under tornado warning. Fired up the laptop and on the NOAA radar saw a "line of doom" 20 miles off but headed dead for us.

We hooked up in 5 minutes flat and scooted east on the interstate. Ended up going 50 miles before we saw on the laptop that the weather had passed. Back we went -- there were some tree limbs down but there hadn't been a funnel cloud.

I live in hurricane country and I do like the idea of having a home that can outrun a storm...

Had we stayed, we had already been told (by the nice police officer that collected our camping fee) that a neighboring church basement door was open and that is where we should head if the sirens sound.

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Thanks for the headsup on the app for my iphone. Just downloaded so we will have for the upcoming trip from PA to Fl....hope I don't need it, but will be a comfort to have.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:11 AM   #36
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Tornado Terminology

Just a note to bring non-residents of tornado alley up to date on how the warning system works.

Tornado Watch means the weather service has forecast conditions that MIGHT contain a tornado. These are issued hours before the event and cover a large area. It means keep your eyes open, but don't really worry yet.

Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted, or the radar signature that almost always means a tornado has been observed. These will be issued for a much more specific location (usually by county). A Warning means it's time to take shelter, if you're in that area.

Note that both watches and warnings are described by county. It's wise to ask what county you're in when you check in to a campground for the night.

Also, many campgrounds in tornado country have shelters. Worth an inquiry when you reserve your campsite.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:31 AM   #37
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Note that both watches and warnings are described by county. It's wise to ask what county you're in when you check in to a campground for the night.
It's good to have a map that shows the counties. I don't think GPS will tell you that. We have AAA maps and they can be hard to read (they aren't as good as the Rand McNally maps they used to have), but eventually you can find the county names.

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There has been some especially foul and wicked weather in Louisiana lately, another round last night and we were right in the middle of it at our NF site.

The cg host informed us that he would make the rounds if there was a tornado headed our way as there are no sirens in all of Louisiana. Yikes!

We had the visual weather forecasts and storm trajectory available, but the second and third rounds, that woke us in the night, were especially unnerving. We all know what thunderstorms and heavy rain sound like in an Airstream.

Lily was huddled close and watching the sky with great alarm.

My biggest fear is that my contact lenses are blown away, and I will be stumbling around unable to see.


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It's good to have a map that shows the counties. I don't think GPS will tell you that. We have AAA maps and they can be hard to read (they aren't as good as the Rand McNally maps they used to have), but eventually you can find the county names.

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I agree...several years ago we were in...well, lets not get to particular...and tornadoes were zoomin EVERYWHERE!...

The local Television reporter was chasin' them, had the funnel in sight and COULDN'T EVEN TELL WHERE HE WAS! All we knew was a rural road in a particular county was having a very bad day...

We knew was the dark clouds were headed our way and the local Television folks were wasting airtime with useless banter.
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Warning...warning....warning

Today....April 3rd...is the time to practice what you should have learned from this thread. Look at the severe weather forecast for the next 48 hours.

Get your wx radio out...change the batteries.
Update your wx apps if thats what you use.
Have a plan.
Be aware of whats around.
Plan your routes....if on the road.
Be ready to move out if needed.
Got insurance?
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Last year we were camped in Elkhart, IN having just traversed lower Michigan under BLACK skies. Nearly every small town we went thru, sirens or horns were sounding. We pulled off the highway a couple of times thinking it might be time to seek shelter, but nothing happened so we rolled on. That evening in Elkhart, I was talking with a neighboring camper about where we might go if the weather deteriorates much more.
He was pulling a SOB about 30' in length and he looked at our AS and said he wouldn't worry much if he had an Airstream. If the weather should get ahold of us, we would
simply roll across the fields. Then he looked at his SOB and said that if the weather gets ahold of him he'll go, CLUNK, CHUNK, BOUNCE, CLUNK across the field leaving pieces flying with every roll. Had to laugh at a guy that recognized the differences between the two travel trailers. His comments still make me smile.
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