Friday, March 07, 2008

Tornado watch

Well, here we are, with the third severe weather watch in 10 days. My weather alarm sounded at 6:45 a.m., with a tornado watch in effect until noon.

It started with tornado watches all day Tuesday a week ago, then severe weather watches this past Tuesday, then today's tornado watch. Is all this stuff just the usual, cyclical pattern? Or have our weather patterns undergone an atypical change, because of global warming?

I don't know. It seems like the first many years I lived here we never worried about tornadoes. An occasional thunderstorm would catch us as fronts came through, and that was it. Now, tornado watches are becoming typical, from the end of December through spring. Then it's time for hurricane watches.

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