Unscathed Storm-Watchers

I was up about 4 AM this morning, letting the dog out when the first Texas siren sounded. It was some distance away – miles, and my old ears often hear things that are not quite what they seem. But in the scant time it took the dog to finish all the sirens were wailing, even the one at the fire station a quarter-mile from our house.

The amateur radio storm watchers were reporting high winds and heavy rain a bit northeast of here, so I wasn’t sure why our siren was sounding? A Dallas TV station reported more than one tornado, while the outside temperature had increased to the mid-70s.

You won’t be able to see these twisters because they are rain-wrapped,” the meteorologist stated.

Comforting words.

Inside of ten minutes the sirens were silent. b the cold front had decreased our temperature by about 20 degrees.

Thunder storms followed the cold front and the houses across the street were hardly visible.

But we, the storm-watchers, were unscathed.


i think it was in 2013 that a rip-snorter traveled east along Interstate 20. As it reached Schniders Truck Terminal it touched down and moved some trailers around. Directly behind the power pole is the tornado. To the left of the pole and just below the wire is a dark object that in the air. It’s one of Schniders 53′ trailers.

It was a wild afternoon.



3 thoughts on “Unscathed Storm-Watchers

    • Scott says:

      It’s the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (club) that deserves the credit for keeping these weather spotter’s reports valuable to the weather service. The mobile spotters report wind velocity, hail size, rain, and cloud formations to a designated radio station which the Weather service monitors. From these reports the weather service can plot the speed, intensity, and movement of a storm. That in combination with weather radar gives the meteorologist a usable profile of the storm from which they are able to make predictions of who needs to take cover and when. But PARK only reports while it is in Collin County. Other clubs take it up once it crosses into another county.

      When a storm is headed in our direction the weather service phones the person (often times out of bed) who will conduct this designation station. He, in turn, calls his key spotter, who in turn call those on their lists and the operation is set into motion.

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