Oct 282010
 

I’ve been afraid of tornadoes all of my life. That’s what happens when you grow up in tornado alley and have them swoop low over your house when you’re young. As a matter of fact, that’s one reason why I now live west of the Rocky Mountains. We don’t have to worry about them as much.

That was the case until October 6, 2010. Then we had 8 tornadoes in Northern Arizona. I kept an eye on the Weather Channel as it tracked the circulation of one as it passed over my area. It made me very nervous, but I handled it better than I expected, and just went about my business.

Big Trees Snapped by Flagstaff Tornado

When Jeff and I visited Flagstaff’s Snowbowl, we discovered downed trees from those EF-1 and EF-2 tornadoes. Two of them crossed Hwy. 180, and the damage track from the one near Kendrick’s Park was about a half-mile wide.

Trees Snapped by Flagstaff Tornado

When I got home, I did some research to confirm that’s where the tornadoes hit. I found a NOAA website that shows weather maps of that day, lists where and when the tornadoes hit, size of hail in various locations, and even has a Google maps page of their trajectories. One of these tornadoes had a thirty-mile long path.

Linda-Ann standing on debris from Flagstaff Tornado

This was the most tornadoes that Arizona has ever had in one day. So I still feel better about living in the west, rather than in the Midwest or east. Hopefully, we’ll never have that kind of system through here again.

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