Severe Weather Nuts?

Just wondering how many other severe weather nuts there are on the message board. I have loved severe weather ever since I was a kid. Unfortunately, Denver Metro area isn’t the best place to catch severe weather, and especially this year (we are 5" below normal rainfall).

I would love to live somewhere in the midwest where the severe thunderstorms roll through, and I’m hoping one day I can go on one of the tours available that chases tornadoes.

Anybody else a severe weather nut like myself?

:unamused: Just move to Florida Keys. You will get all the severe weather you can handle and then some. Or move to Tornado alley, thats a real fun place for severe weather. Live near a river, that one helps you clean house.

Don’t worry though the sever weather is coming to Denver pretty quick. Take a look at weather patterns over the past decade, You all will be getting your share soon enough. IMO though you ought to be glad your weather does not try to kill you. We just had a strom roll through here 2 days ago that blew our capacitor(?) off the pole or something like that, with lightening. No power for the day. 60 mph winds, hail, wind gusts up to 80 mph.I spent a good part of yesterday fixin things… Yep thats our lil ole summer storms kickin in, Yeehaa and that one was just a baby it did not have the adult tornadoes or more severe wind.

Be glad you don’t get the severe weather OK? I have family up that way in DeBeque and GrandJunction and I sure don’t want to have to worry about them facing what I face.

severe weather nuts drive the flying squirrels insane…



I don’t think dorky has watched too many news stories lately.

Apparently nobody here is a severe weather nut!

I’ve seen plenty of news stories. You just have to realize that there are people who dedicate their lives to chasing tornadoes, to flying through hurricanes, to tracking severe storms, etc.

Yes, it’s exciting, but better understanding such storms also saves lives.

I love tornadoes. I know they’re terrible and tragic and kill people… but they are so awesome! I saw a funnel cloud almost touch down over a northern Minnesota lake when I was about 8. Scared the crap out of me. Now I just want to see one again… maybe some day I’ll go on a stormchasing expedition. I wonder how hard it is to get to one?

Yesterday in Ann Arbor I was out playing ultimate frisbee, and we had a storm with rain so heavy I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face for a while. Nothing awesome like hail or heavy winds or tornadoes though.


Check history. In 1965 heavy rainstorms flooded the Red River and all it’s tribs. Cherry Creek took out a pile of mobile home sites and crashed it all into several of the bridges in town. Power was knocked out and off and on for several days. I was walking across an open field when a cloudburst hit. I tried to run for cover, but finally just walked. It was like walking in the bottom of a swimming pool. So enjoy your weather in Denver and be patient. It happened once, it will happen again.

I love the weather here in Slickrock, Ideeho. Here, we get what I call a Southern Idaho rainstorm. The wind comes up and you get forty bushels of dirt and a ten inch rain. (that about a thousand raindrops 10" apart). The world turns to mud and it’s all over in about 30 minutes.

Tornados and lightening and white walls of water being pushed sideways by the wind, white walls of huge friggin hail aproaching with a roar are awesome and beautiful, Until they destroy what or who you love. Then if you are lucky you can rebuild with dignity and hope until it smashes you again. The weather right now is probably the most dangerous I have seen in my life. It is awesome and humbling but, it is as deadly as a Mamba. I think Mambas are beautiful creatures but, then again I don’t live with them, they do not present a risk to me and mine. If you chase weather go with people that have real life experience doing it… Please.

Hell no, I’m loading up the cat in the ole’ escort and runnin’ down a twister!

In all seriousness though, I think you hit the nail on the head. There are many things on this earth, and in this very universe, that are beautiful and lethal, some even necessary. The sun, for instance. Black holes. Supernovas.

But yeah, just the sound of thunder ripping through the heavens as life-giving water spills out from above, light igniting the sky, gives me goosebumps.

:laughing: Even as Katrina filled me with fear I could not resist peaking out the cracks of our boarded up windows. It was awesome. The rain was a white wall flowing sideways. Full grown trees bending and breaking to the ground to make way for 130 to 160 mph winds, unidentifiable objects flying through the air crashing into our buildings and trees. The thunderous pounding screams of multiple tornados hewing paths of destruction, you could feel the pressure change when one passed close by. The windows imploded allowing high pressured rain, wind and tiny shards of glass to come in to destroy us. Trying to put boards against that intrusion and secure them safely was a pant wetting experience. It took both my husband and our grown son to hold the boards in place while I secured them, we had to use book shelves from our library, hundreds of books were strewn about because we just ripped the shelves down. Then peace as the eye of the storm passed over head. Then it began again.

From 6am to 6:30 Pm Katrina held us as fear filled prisoners. It was a physically and mentally exhausting experience and we are 34 miles inland. Others survived through worse, most that did not evacuate died. Many are still unaccounted for. There are people that live through such and worse every year… They have my respect. :confused: I am not sure if they are brave or foolish.