Tornado Alley…

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In Midwestern states when the air warms
Brings the threat of rain and thunderstorms
Wind and lightening, hail and rains
Keeps noses pressed to window panes
Always on alert in case funnel clouds form!

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(Several Midwestern states are part of what’s referred to as “tornado alley” where tornadoes can occur often during early spring and summer when weather conditions are right. Β Last night we had such a night, but luckily no funnel clouds!)

 

In response to Mind and Life MattersΒ Poetry Limerick Challenge, Rain.

 

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59 responses

  1. It’s beautiful, yet intimidating at the same time.

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  2. Can’t be at easy during the ‘Season’…. πŸ˜‰ Hugs!

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    1. Some years worse than others, we’ve been very lucky!

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  3. Great limerick but I wouldn’t relish being caught out in one of those. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, we hate hearing our warning sirens go off. Doesn’t happen that often but always a threat!

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      1. Yeah, I can imagine it would be very unsettling.

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      2. Not my favorite thing and its easy to get complacent, but every so many years there’s a really bad tornado near us somewhere so you can’t take a chance…

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      3. Absolutely not. It must be so scary.

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  4. Lovely limerick….but scary!!

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    1. Haha, don’t relish the warning sirens going off, but mostly it’s just the conditions are right…

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  5. We live in the northern Midwest now. We get VERY few tornados all the way up here but the first time the siren went off it was a wakeup call. Had no idea what to do. Being from NY no one had told us about this part of being in the Midwest.

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    1. I’ve lived here all my life and my mom was from Nebraska so I know the drill well!

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  6. Great limerick. Feel like I spent half my childhood in a cellar/ basement while tornado sirens were going off. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, first memory I have of one was visiting my grandparents in Nebraska when I was about 4 and going into the cellar in the middle of the night with everyone, where I promptly lost my big fake diamond ring my aunt had just given me and cried and cried about that πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh no!!!!!!! Poor thing! πŸ™‚

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      2. It was very sad :(. To this day my older sister is not good with storms

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      3. Did one hit then?

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      4. I think it must have been close but I don’t know if there was damage or not. Isn’t it sad, what I remember most is that fake ring,lol

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      5. All of my Iowa memories have the cellar location stamped in them! πŸ™‚ Know where it is and how fast you can get to it!

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      6. When I was a kid, my dad was on the volunteer fire dept and he was a “spotter” so they would go park out in the country and watch for funnel clouds and tornadoes. Poor mom would be stuck with 4 screaming kids in a damp basement under our 100 year old house, waiting for the all clear!! πŸ™‚

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      7. It is so scary still, when you’ve gone through that!

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      8. I love Nebraska. We’re going near there in two days. Southwest Iowa. Going home!!!! Woo hoo!!!

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      9. Oh, that’s wonderful,have a great time!

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  7. I never used to worry about tornadoes in my area… But two have happened in the last 5 or 6 years. I get really anxious when the meteorologists start talking about them. I can’t imagine living in your area! I’m not a lucky person. I’ve been to California twice in my life and during one of those trips, we experienced an earthquake. Best not to invite me over!

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    1. Well, you can only come over in the fall or winter, then!

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      1. Haha… yes, I don’t want to bring my jinx at the wrong time! πŸ˜€

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  8. Wow, I had no idea you were in tornado territory there! Yikes! Great limerick though. 😳

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    1. Thanks, we don’t get them that often, but there ave been some really bad ones in IL!

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  9. Great rhythm in this limerick! Perfect picture to go along with it.

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    1. Thanks! We had some nasty storms last night…

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  10. Glad you are safe and well! Last night was a doozy here in OK. Now it’s thundering and rumbling and hot so all the ingredients are there for some storm chasing!

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    1. I’m glad you are safe, too! Yep, it’s okay here today but heat will be building and humidity so you never know!

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      1. Living on the edge in Tornado Alley…it’s always exciting!

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      2. It’s our time of year for sure!

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  11. Amazing limerick, Diane!
    I have only heard about tornado and from what I’ve heard, it’s really scary!

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    1. Luckily I haven’t been in one, but nearby, so when the sirens go off, we go into the basement immediately. You really can’t take a chance!

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      1. Oh of course, would never want to take a chance with a severe weather warning!

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  12. Yeah, I don’t miss that at all. Glad nothing materialized.

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    1. I know the drill well πŸ™‚

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      1. Yep! Every single year.

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  13. Dangerous storms that have cause so much death and destrcution. Is there a perticular season for these tornadoes?

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    1. Yes, usually early spring through early summer. We had lots of tornado drills as kids, in the hallway at school. I could never live in a house w/o a basement πŸ™‚

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      1. Wow. It shows us that the location of our childhood plays such a great part of our adult selves. Everything you’re talking about I have seen in movies like “The Wizard Of Oz.” It is all foreign to this city kid. Be happy. Be well.

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      2. Than goodness it happens rarely!

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  14. What a fantastic picture… it must be so intimidating to experience storms like this… I guess it makes us see how much more powerful nature actually is…

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    1. Thank you! My mom was from Nebraska and I remember getting up in the middle of the night when we were kids and having to go outside and down in the cellar when we were visiting. Scary!

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      1. Wow… I can only imagine how scary that must have been!

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  15. One of the reasons I didn’t mind leaving in Tornado Alley. I grew with earthquakes so they don’t scare me, but tornadoes sure do! ❀

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    1. Yes, it’s not fun going down in the basement, but I guess every part of the country has something!

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  16. True that! Welcome back. Missed you ❀

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    1. Thanks, glad to have more time to write. I missed you, too! How’s Bert?

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      1. Thanks for asking, Diane. She laughed a lot when we talked last week. Resting comfortably, focused upon healing.

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      2. Oh, I’m glad! I’ll have to stop by her site again

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  17. I don’t like tornado drills in my big auto parts warehouse, Diane! We have them once in the Spring, once in the Fall. We go to the nearest bathroom. Last time we did this we had to stay for 20 minutes while everyone all over building signs the clipboard which hangs in all the bathrooms, walkie talkie check ins between bathrooms until nearly everyone is accounted for. Only good thing is they have air conditioning! Rest of building doesn’t. 😦

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    1. Oh, my, that sounds awful! But I guess it’s needed where we are πŸ™‚

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