If you’re anywhere in the South or Midwest this time of year, thunderstorms are a fact of life, and it’s not uncommon to be under severe thunderstorm and even tornado warnings. We’ve had a couple of close calls over the years and we keep an eye on the weather but so far we’ve been lucky. Last night we had another severe thunderstorm warning with winds up to 60 MPH possible. Fortunately, we dodged the bullet again and the storm went north of us. We got some rain and wind gusts, but that was all. Then, just as I was getting out of the shower tornado sirens started going off. One big gust shook our motorhome hard and the rain and thunder were so loud it was hard to hear anything else, but it was moving fast and was over within about an hour.
I’ve heard people say that they would be terrified to be in this part of the world in an RV in storm season, and actually knew one couple who refused to leave California because they were afraid of encountering bad weather someplace. I guess earthquakes, wildfires and landslides are less scary for them.
We aren’t unmindful of the dangers of bad weather, but at the same time, we’re not going to go into a panic with every storm alert. Caution and common sense are the best tools to deal with any challenge in life.
Keep an eye on the weather in your area. Have a weather radio and keep fresh batteries for it, keep three or four flashlights and extra batteries on hand, keep your fresh water tank at least half full (completely full is better), and park with a full tank of fuel. That and a supply of food will see you through if the power grid goes down and you have to “rough it” for a day or two.
Over the years I have had readers ask if they should try to outrun a storm headed their way. I think it’s safer to sit it out where you are, unless you’re parked under a tree that may come down on you. You never know what direction a storm may go, and how do you know it won’t change course and you’ll run right into it? Plus, you’re safer in a campground where there is a storm shelter than out on the highway if a storm hits.
If you have a Kindle and can spare a few bucks, do me a favor and buy a book called The Bitten. I didn’t write it and I don’t make anything off the book, but it’s a very special project to benefit a very special person.
A while back I told you about my friend Brandon Hale, a very nice young man who is an excellent author and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Brandon is fighting cancer and it’s been a rough time for him and his wife Laura. Over 25 of our author friends put together this anthology, with a vampire theme, to help raise money for Brandon and Laura and all proceeds go to them. Personally, I’m not into the vampire thing, but I bought a copy anyway. It’s worth the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee to help this nice couple who are dealing with the challenge of their lives.
Another of my author friends, Mona Ingram, currently has one of her most popular books, Full Circle, on sale for just 99¢ until July 2nd, which is a heck of a deal. You can never have too many books, right? And if the weather stays bad you’ll have plenty to read!
Thought For The Day – When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone suddenly wants to play chess.