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Re: WEATHER!! Now tornados

Ceres: That is the truly amazing thing about weather in Iowa...with the
exception of tropical storms, we pretty much run the gamut of extremes
here...blizzards, floods, drought, tornados, and everything in
between...we even had a tiny, tiny earthquake once when I was in college
(they say it was a preview of the "big one" that is about 100 years
overdue here...who knew?) but I love it anyway!!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Fri 04/23,  < Cersgarden@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Cersgarden@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 08:56:37 EDT
Subject: Re: [CHAT] WEATHER!! Now tornados

In a message dated 4/23/04 3:51:43 AM, mhobertm@excite.com
writes:<br><br><< improved warning systems nowadays, but tornados being
what they<br>are...can't always predict 'em...sometimes they just come
out of<br>nowhere! I've long since gotten used to the idea of living in
Iowa where<br>tornado season is a just a fact of life, but they still
have the power<br>to make me move awful fast when they are nearby!
>><br><br>Melody, I agree with you. We live with the respect of a
warning and tracking <br>of a potential tornado is intense by our
weather persons. But as opposed to <br>hurricanes and floods, it is
fast. Tornado sirens went off here last week. <br>We had no damage but
near by did. Our big one of 98' is as close as I want to <br>ever be. We
lost 9 trees in our landscape, little structural damage but the
<br>whole area was unbelievable. Jesse, we had several of those trees
uprooted in <br>garden beds so understand your loss.<br> I always had a
fear of a tornado while riding Ragbrai (an annual week <br>long bike
ride across Iowa with 10,000 bikers & support teams). We had storms
<br>hit during the ride but never a tornado. My brother had to take
cover in a <br>ditch once while on the ride. That is scary!<br> And the
big flood of 93' seems like a horrible nightmare now. The Des <br>Moines
water system which supplies a large metro area was lost as well as so
<br>much loss of business in Des Moines & West Des Moines. It was truely
'water, <br>water every where but not a drop to drink.' Amazing amount
of money has been <br>spent on earthen dams and flood gates to prevent
that from repeating. This <br>occurred during the Grand Prix race, a 3
day event which was taking place in the <br>downtown DM area.
Unfortunately that was a major financial loss and the event,
<br>bankrupt, lost all its assets never to exist again. <br> Ceres
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