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Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Max, I've a Feeling We're Not in Rhode Island Anymore

This Christmas Day started sunny and mid-70's, quite nice.  We had a great time watching the kids open their gifts.  We were expecting a dicey sort of day with the strong storm/wind/hail/tornado watches of the past couple of days, so we were pleasantly surprised the day was starting so nicely.  Didn't last long.

By 11:30 am we were starting to prep for some pretty scary stuff.  Between the TV, Weather Bug, the Weather Channel app, the WAFB Titan 9 app, and Google Maps, we are tracking the storm as it travels through the counties and towns of Louisiana.  None of  which we are familiar with.

The local news has been on for about 30 minutes, and plans to be on indefinitely as tornado warnings continue to be set.  I am watching the clouds moving from the west, looking for greenish color, or circling...or a witch riding by on her broom.

You can see Livingston and how we are right now (2:30pm) sandwiched between the two major cells.

Constantly referring to Google Maps to see our vicinity to the counties with tornado warnings.

WeatherBug's interactive radar.

LA county map.  Warnings are given by county...we don't know them.

Great app when you are in LA.  

Our "take shelter in the campground bathroom" bag is packed and ready to go.  I was able to bake a pumpkin pie, so at least it smells nice.  I have no appetite to eat it though.

So far, so good, but, I think we will be in a direct path before this is all over.

From http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/watchvswarn.html

A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado. 

A tornado warning is the ultimate in severe warnings, it means that a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar. You should take cover immediately.

1 comment:

  1. We were once out shopping in Oklahoma where tornado sightings were being reported "by county". . .we didn't have a clue if we were in danger or not. . .the shopkeeper says. . .nah. . .you're probably okay. . .not so reassuring.

    Not sure what the answer is for us travelers. . .we have a NOAA radio. . .doesn't really offer much comfort. . .LOL!

    Glad you guys survived okay. . .

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