wow.

I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see this. It was shot Tuesday by Orchard, Iowa, resident Lori Mehmen, moments before she took cover as this tornado approached. This amazing shot was first run in the Mitchell County Press-News and then picked up by AP. I finally got to see it in The Lede blog at the New York Times website. As ominous as it looks, no one was injured by this storm.

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7 thoughts on “wow.”

  1. I used to have nightmares when I was younger about tornadoes. And, that picture pretty much sums up what many of them were like.

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  2. Having lived in the southern arm of tornado alley, and having experienced storms born of evil and my nightmares (when they say “Severe Thunderstorm Warning” in the south, you don’t leave your house), I can only thank the weather gods that I never actually saw something like that. There’s something “world ending” about the whiteness of that twister. I prefer my tornadoes to be shrouded in the cover of darkness and looking all black and blue, thankyouverymuch.

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  3. I think Weather Freak Boy was born sometime in the early 1970s. I remember being concerned about tornadoes and storms, but I don’t recall nightmares. And I’ve always been fascinated with watching the storms as they approach. I was lucky as a kid that both the houses my family lived in faced west; Dad and I would sit on the stoop or the deck and watch as the sky darkened and the wind picked up, and we’d stay just until the rain began.

    I am old enough to remember, though, April 3, 1974, which is now called the Super Outbreak, a night that spun off well over 100 tornadoes from Alabama to Michigan, including one that shredded Xenia, Ohio, about an hour southwest of where I lived. I don’t recall if we had heard much about what happened in Xenia by the time a warning was issued for Franklin County. We weren’t even all that sure about what to do when a slow-moving fire truck cruised by our house, with firefighters telling us to take cover.

    There wasn’t much damage in Columbus, even though that tornado came from the same cell that hit Xenia a few hours earlier. But by the following autumn, we were practicing tornado drills at school for the first time ever. And by the following spring, Franklin County — and most of the rest of Ohio, I assume — had newly installed tornado sirens.

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  4. The Dispatch ran this photo and the cutline said something along the lines of: Don’t try this at home. Take cover!

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