Monday, June 1, 2009

Storm Watching, no tatting to show

Tonight I went to training to be a Weather Watcher/Storm Spotter
The picture above looks similar to some of the pictures we were showed learning about Tornadoes, what to watch for and how to call into the Weather Service to report a severe storm or tornado.
We do have them here in the eastern part of the state, they just don't do as much damage as other places where there are more people and structures.
The instructor told us that it is harder to gauge the strength of a tornado in North Dakota and other open areas due to the fact that tornadoes can not be measured while they are active, they can only be measured by the damage that they do. Since damage is difficult to gauge when it is a field instead of a subdivision, there is little debris to give them a understanding of the strength of the storm.
So they need people to take a good look at the weather, and give the Weather Service an actual look at what is going on with a storm and just exactly where it is.
This will count toward my yearly required amount of training for my First Responder position with our local Fire Department.
I am doing some tatting, but don't have anything scanned and there enough energy left to do it now since it is 10:45 at night and I need to get to bed soon.


  1. I can see that you have a very important job to do, something that can help minimise losses of life and property. There are no tornados in Malaysia, where I am but I have read about them and know that they can do a lot of damage.

  2. Good Morning Jon,
    you may not have Tornados in Malaysia, but you have other severe weather problems. Hurricanes, Tsunamis, I do not want to have to deal with those.
    have a good tatting day, and thanks for all the patterns you come up with.

  3. You are one brave lady! Just looking at the picture puts a chill up my spine. The times I've seen a tornado had me stopped dead in my tracks. It was like being hypnotized or something. Good luck and stay safe!

  4. Thanks Steph, it really isn't all that hard, you just go outside and look at the sky.
    you don't have to go close, and if you need to be in your basement, you just go do that.
    They don't expect you to chase them.

  5. That picture really caught my eye! I've lived in Kansas all my life and seen only 3 tornados and they were all the same day! I've wanted to go to the weather spotter meetings, but they're usually in the evening, when I work. I think it's great that you are a weather spotter, in open country we need as many eyes looking as we can get in bad weather.

  6. Wow, that is one big storm! YIKES! That is very cool that you are training to do that! :)

  7. The spectacular photo caught my eye as I was surfing tatting blogs. Wow! Since i was introduced to the land of OZ, at the movies at age six, I have been very impressed with this kind of weather - and secretly terrified of it!

    There's no place like home... there's no place like...... Fox : )

    ps the Charleston Doily is beautiful!

  8. Thanks Tattrldy, TattingChic and Fox,
    I am hoping all nasty weather stays away from me. but we will see.
    Thanks Fox for the comment on my doily


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