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They Call the Wind Tornado
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed
shaken in the wind.”--Johannes Brahms.
Granted there a lot of ways one can be
an adrenaline junkie,
can court danger, but being a storm chaser,
especially playing tag or hop scotch with a tornado
always seems to top the list for me.
You are hip to tornadoes, right?
a violently rotating whirlwind bitch
column of rogue air extending from
fecund storm clouds all the way to the ground,
like Satan’s whores whelping
wind demons, whipping up turbulence
up to, or even exceeding 300 m.p.h.
We often hear about Tornado Season, usually
during Spring & Summer, when the hot gas warriors
get romantic with the cold air maidens,
but the truth is there is no set date or end date
for these hellish whirling behemoths, because
if the conditions are considered “just right”,
a tornado can occur
anytime of the year.
The Storm Lovers & Chasers,
both professional & amateur, will be on alert continuously,
ready to run north & south,
up & down the Midwest within
the parameters of Tornado Alley,
from North Dakota south to
the edge of Minnesota,
the edge of Colorado,
Texas & Louisiana.
I once was in Louisiana during a zero visibility thunderstorm,
when a EF3 tornado touched down
only a half mile away, as it became
midnight at noon, & the wind howled
like a vicious pack of banshees.
Luckily we outdrove it, but the nightmare memory
For the hardy macho Storm Chasers,
their achievements & bragging rights
relative to specific tornadoes, ranging
in width from a few meters to more than a mile,
deal with their ferocity, which
is measured in EF levels.
with winds ranging from 65 to 85 m.p.h.,
doing minor to no damage;
maybe tearing off a few shingles
& some siding,
maybe breaking off some branches, or
knocking over some small trees.
with winds ranging from 86 to 110 m.p.h.,
doing moderate damage;
downing power lines from fallen trees,
severely ripping up roofs,
overturning mobile homes,
while tearing off roofs, exterior doors,
& breaking out every kind of glass window.
with winds ranging from 111 to 135 m.p.h.,
doing considerable damage; tearing roofs completely off,
mobile homes completely destroyed,
snapping large trees in half.
toppling commercial 18-wheelers,
lifting cars off the ground, &
turning light objects into missiles.
with winds ranging from 136 to 165 m.p.h.,
doing severe damage tearing the top story off of houses,
damaging large buildings,
derailing trains, tearing trees out of the ground,
lifting up cars & tossing them around.
with winds ranging from 166 to 200 m.p.h.,
doing devastating damage,
completely leveling houses, with
cars & trucks & large objects
lifted & tossed about.
with winds ranging from 200 to 300 m.p.h,,
causing complete destruction
hitting like an atomic bomb, homes leveled,
foundations swept away,
collapsing tall buildings,
or causing severe structurial deformities.
don’t even get me started
on all the other Acts of Nature,
like floods, hurricanes, typhoons, &volcano eruptions.
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