This morning, we had our first brush with the possibility of a tornado. Yep, tornado. As in like in “Twister” the movie. Recall: flying cows, trucks, running for your life and hiding in a shelter.
Texas is part of what you call the “Tornado alley“, states that have the highest occurrences of tornadoes. We don’t get tornadoes as often as Kansas, but the possibility of it happening is there. In the short time that we have been living here, there have been tornado occurrences, but usually in the cities and towns outside of the DFW metroplex. They’ve said that the tornadoes are more likely to form in areas with wide open spaces for the funnel to touch ground. We lived in a suburb, which was growing with multiple real estate developments, didn’t seem like a hotbed for tornado formation.
Every once in a while, sometimes on perfect, cloudless sunny days, the warning sirens go off. Then at the end of a few minutes of wailing, an announcer would say “Testing. Testing.”