Thursday, September 09, 2010

Whoa! Whoa! Tornados!

All of these pictures are from today (Wednesday I mean - as usual I am posting after midnight). I spent a whole hour glued to the TV watching tornados form. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. I watched the live feed from chopper 8 and then from their TV tower as funnels formed, touched ground, swept across the land throwing up all sorts of debris and then letting go and retracting back into their giant wall cloud.
Usually when we marvel at modern technology, it's the internet or cell phone or digital video we are talking about, but this was just regular old TV news with their live feed from chopper 8.

It was certainly an hour like I've never spent before. And I hope I never get to see anything like that again.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How very very scary....These "natural" whatrbrrs are the scariest to me because there isw nothing you can do....! These are great pictures, I'm sorry to say. I hope you never have to see anything like that again, too...!

I DID watch the Vivien Leigh Documentary, even though I had seen it before a long time ago...She was truly something else. I feel lucky I got to see her in "Ceasar and Cleopatra" and "Anthony and Cleopatra", too....On Broadway...AND, "Tovarich"...As was said---She was a rather underated Actress--because of her GREAT Beauty and because Of Olivier...!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

??? "WHATEVERS" ??? Gee my finger really went wonky on that word...!! (lol)

Jocelyn said...

I've been too close to too many tornados, so I understand your adrenaline. There's something innately cinematic about them that makes them not quite real at the same time they're all too real.

Big Brother said...

You have to admire the pilot, reporter and cameraman up there in a flimsy chopper while the twisters are coming down around them. You wouldn’t catch me doing that.

Jazz said...

I can't help but think they look pretty cool, actually.

Ian Lidster said...

What amazing pictures. I'm with Jazz and think they look pretty cool. I once saw a waterspout offshore in Hawaii and it blew me away (not literally). I do hope that Dorothy wasn't out there when those puppies were passing through.

Gnightgirl said...

So humbling. I always imagine they're there to remind us that we can't control everything in our universe, no matter how we try.

Those photos made my heart race.

geewits said...

~~I sort of figured you had seen her on Broadway when they talked about that. I had not even realized she had done theater! I felt pretty stupid. I think that's great you saw her.

~~They have always been very real here in Texas. I have spent some time in the closet.

~~No kidding! I forgot the pilot's name but the cameraman's name was "Rusty" and I kept thinking, "Man! Rusty is brave!"

~~Well, yeah, they look cool if you don't have to worry about having your roof blown off.

~~I bet that was fascinating!

~~heh heh, I sure hope it doesn't take something that big to remind us we can't control everything!

lgsquirrel said...

Exciting to watch but I hope none of them came close to you.

geewits said...

~~Close, mileage-wise, but not close wind wise.