Monday, May 24, 2010


Just wanted to post a few highlights of recent happenings.

April 22 - OKC THUNDER v. Lakers. First ever NBA Playoff game in Oklahoma! And I got to attend!! And the Thunder won!!! A sea of blue...

May 19 - Stillwater Tornado! Even though we are in tornado alley, a tornado hadn't touched down in Stillwater for over two decades. That all changed this month. Even though it turned out to be not a large tornado (thank goodness), the funnel still touched down on the north side of town and damaged a few things. This was a very slow moving storm (maybe 25 mph), and we had at least a half hour of warning time before the actual storm hit. Once the twister touched down just east of I-35 along highway 51, the sirens went off in Stillwater... and blared for 3o minutes straight. Of course, I had the tv turned up loud so I could hear them while I stood outside pretty much the whole time watching the progression of the storm (remember I live just one block south of HWY 51). Turned out there were definitely two areas of circulation near the hook of the super-cell. The one further north would put a funnel down for a bit then take it back up again. The one further south was the circulation which went right over our house and right over my head. I was just too excited and couldn't get myself to go inside. The clouds were swirling right there, but never seemed to be too organized, which was good. If i did see anything start to organized, I would probably have to race into my house down into the basement. But we were lucky, although it would have been cool to see a tornado.

April 1-3 - NIRSA Collegiate Club Volleyball Nationals (Dallas, TX). Coaching my OSU girls' last tournament of the season.

(I also got a new phone! The new HTC Droid Incredible)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 10 Tornado Outbreak

A severe weather outbreak occurred across Oklahoma as tornadic storms formed along a line from north to south Monday afternoon through the evening. An exciting yet devastating event. The first tornado warning was put out mid-afternoon north-west of the site I work at (multi-vortex tornado pictured near Wakita). The second tornado warning was released just south of the site near Billings (#2) at about the same time I was driving that way back home after work. Just off the exit on I-35 I drove past an overturned FedEx truck and golf ball to baseball size hail. The Norman tornado (track 6) was likely the largest of yesterday's, followed a path over highway 9 just a few miles east of the OU campus and the National Weather Center.

Norman Tornado

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