Thursday, March 26, 2009

Personal Resolutions

New Year's Day may have been quite awhile ago, but it's not too late to make a resolution. I have been toying with the idea for some time, but Monday and Tuesday made me realize that it's time to stop procrastinating and make a commitment. Sounds ominous, doesn't it?

As many of you who know me no doubt already know, I am embarrassingly, paralyzingly, deathly afraid of storms. Thunder, lightning, rain, wind, tornados... Anyone who has ever witnessed a meltdown during the height of a storm will understand. I lose all ability to think rationally after the first clap of thunder.

Here's a quote from the National Weather Service website from Tuesday:


Wild weather ensued across western and north central Nebraska on Monday, March
23rd, with severe thunderstorms that produced isolated tornadoes, some large
hail and damaging winds. In addition to the severe weather, a cold front
and associated strong upper level system brought strong gradient wind gusts that
created blizzard conditions as heavy snow fell resulting in closed roads across
parts of Sheridan County. Early reports indicated snow accumulations of 6 to 8
inches near Rushville, with snow drifts up to 4 feet observed 5 miles north of
Rushville. To add to the wild weather the first tornadoes of the season
occurred. A brief tornado touched down 9 miles south of Brownlee in Cherry
County, where the tornado damaged a lean-to on a barn. Then another tornado
touched down 7 to 8 miles north of O'Neill, where early reports indicated some
downed power lines and a few grain trailers tipped over. Below are images taken
from Google Earth Professional that show storm reports across western and north
central Nebraska on Monday.

Which brings me to my resolution: To be BRAVE! I haven't quite figured out how to do it yet. My heart was pounding just looking at the clouds on the way in to work on Monday, and seeing the rainbow colored weather map indicating all the watches and warnings, but now that I've written it, I am committed to it. I will stop being a coward and learn to enjoy our wild Nebraska weather...

Thanks for stopping by. If it's storming, the coffee will be served in the basement to the accompaniment of the weather radio.

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