Tornado Alley?

'Bonita and Beyond' by Jim Boeglin

Jan and I are vacationing in Indiana among family, friends, storms, and temperatures that make Florida seem downright mild.

Last week I participated as a guest in the Sycamore Hills Invitational golf tournament.   Thursday's weather topped out at 107 degrees, with a strong breeze. Friday was "only" 105 but no breeze, until the storm hit about 2:30 p.m.  With tornadoes in the area, 42 trees were blown down on the Sycamore Hills course and power was out in much of the area. It was the highest wind velocity I have experienced since our area's last hurricane about 6 or 7 years ago.

Unlike hurricanes that are tracked for a week or more, tornadoes can "pop up" anytime the atmospheric conditions are right. There can be very little time to prepare for a tornado. The extreme temperatures of recent years seem to correlate to more frequent and more powerful tornadoes in the Midwest, South, and Plains states.   Maybe living in Florida all year around is a smart move.

We expect to be back in the relatively temperate and secure climate of Florida in another week. In the meantime, we are enjoying our visit with kids, grandkids, and friends.

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