I was honestly planning that the next ‘down on the farm’ post was going to be a virtual tour of the new chicken coop. But I haven’t even taken those pictures yet.
Instead, it’s going to be about Oklahoma weather. Oklahoma SPRING weather, to be exact.
If you know anything about Oklahoma, you know that springtime is pretty much synonymous with tornadoes. That might even be the only thing you know about Oklahoma.
I’ve lived in Oklahoma for nearly 29 years. I know about tornadoes. We’ve had many close calls with tornadoes – and I’ve even raced tornado weather home from out-of-town trips, the only time my mother did not complain when I admitted that I was going AT LEAST twenty miles over the posted speed limit, if not more, just trying to get ahead of the storm system.
Last night was the first time where I honestly felt like we might get hit. We lost tv signal (good ol’ rabbit ears…) about half an hour before the worst of the storm even got to us, and the power flickered on and off at least four times. We watched the crazy ominous clouds roll in, and kept an eye on the internet for the weather.
But when we started hearing whistling wind and train-like sounds, taking cover was top priority. Although, honestly, the point of the hall-barricade when Winnie decided it was Bear’s fault we were all locked in and nearly started a turf war over 30 sq ft of space was probably just as terrifying as the weather.
We came out essentially unscathed – especially compared to a lot of people in the area – but it’s a terrifying and humbling moment when all that stands between you and the funnel cloud rotating above your house (which was a very surreal moment looking out the window) is LITERALLY God’s protection.
And I’m so, so thankful for that protection.
So, here’s pictures. But not good ones of the actual storm action. Because I was barricaded with hubby, sister, and animals in the hallway at that point. Except the chickens. They never went in their coop, and I wasn’t about to go out there and them up. Chickens are replaceable. I am not.
Tornadoes did touch down in Sand Springs (there has only been one reported loss of life so far), and in far eastern Broken Arrow, near Catoosa. I believe there were some more tornadoes near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border, as well.
The first spring storm decided to go all-out, evidently.
If you want to see a crazy photo, though, here’s the Sand Springs tornado. The funnel is just to the left of the billboard.