Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Devastating Week


It has been a very bad week to live in Oklahoma.  I have witnessed, chased, photographed storms for a few years, we had a tornado pass directly over our house (in the air fortunately) some 8 years ago but what I have witnessed Sunday and Monday has left me mixed with shock, nausea, sympathy, and guilt. Right now I'm simply numb.  I just can't look at any more photos or videos of the storm.  While we were well out of the way of Sunday's storms at Shawnee, some 135 miles to our west, we were in the thick of things Monday night after the deadly storm at Moore.  I just saw where in Moore, Oklahoma .... 30 churches have banned together as their internal FEMA because they've been through it before. Sad to say but if you wait on the government you may never get any relief.

I haven't been riding with the exception of just riding to work on days that we aren't having storms come in.  My wife had surgery on her shoulder 2 weeks ago and on my days off I have been taking her to PT and the doctors office, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, helping change her bandages and even putting her hair in a pony tail. The hair in a pony tail gig was pretty hard for me and she was getting frustrated with me that I wasn't getting it.  Oh well, I try anyway.  Not only do I not do ponytails, I think she forgets that I have RA sometimes and expects my hands and fingers to function normally. Hopefully in a couple of more weeks I can get back out and do some riding.  My bikes are feeling neglected.

I have a couple of photos of the storm as it was moving in on us Monday night.  The bottom image is from video that I shot of a funnel that dropped down but never went to the ground 3 miles south of us. It had just grazed a small town 13 miles southwest of us.
Low level thunderstorm over our house Monday
Sunset at 8:20 with storms - shot from our front porch. 
Storm bearing down on us that had just dropped 2 tornadoes earlier.