Excerpt from my diary a few nights ago.
It's 01:30 a.m. and I am awake because my trailer is being buffeted by howling winds.. so I've been trawling the net looking for weather alerts. 'Wind advisory' is in place, which means what? I have ominous images of tornadoes whirling through my brain. Turns out in this case that it means we should not travel with our trailer, or possibly that the trailer could blow over. Yikes.
Ignore the weather at your own peril in the US. In fact the first time I heard a severe weather alert on the radio, I was not too perturbed until I heard the words 'tornado watch'. TORNADO!!! My goodness, when you live in a trailer constructed like an oversized match box, the word TORNADO is very scary.
On a previous trip to the US, Stuart and I were walking outside and saying "look at that storm, those clouds are a funny green color... could be hail - hey, where are the Americans?"
Turns out the Americans were in their storm shelters and nobody told "the Africans" to run and hide because they all thought it was obvious that a tornado was lurking in the clouds! Same thing happened to my folks.
Late afternoon 2 days ago, I drove into the camp ground and said to the kids "that's funny, I've never seen a trailer leaving the park at this time of day, they usually leave before 12:00 pm" and then we saw lots of trailers being hooked up, and people rushing around with big wide eye's. That was when we began to realize that possibly the clouds looming overhead were threatening! Our friend Jimmy, from the park security force, came over and said "follow me".. we followed him to the rodeo arena and parked our cars under the big roof, and sheltered through the storm inside a cinder block building. It felt safe. Stuart was in Dubai, watching our weather on Doppler radar, and told us when the storm had passed. Don't you just love technology.
This is our lake..
and those heaving waves are generated by wind alone!
Also if you think Hoedspruit is hot ... try Texas!
If I got a little carried away with the tornado images.. you have to admit that they are kinda impressive! They come off google images.
I need to get a weather radio.