The tornadoes back home

Tom Jackson
May 17, 2010

When I was a boy, my family moved from California to Oklahoma. My new bedroom was on the second floor of a two-story  house surrounded by huge trees. During violent thunderstorms, of which there are many in Oklahoma, the wind tearing through the branches would make a terrific sound. I always sleep through storms in Ohio -- they seem very quiet.

My parents live in a different house now, but the storms that frightened me as a boy finally got to that  house, as you can see from this front page story from the Tulsa World. Where the tree is sticking out of the roof is where my bedroom and one of my sister's bedrooms was located.  If you read the photo caption, you'll see I grew up near Sandusky Avenue.

I know Ohio has tornadoes, but Oklahoma, home of the National Severe Storms Laboratory, has more. As Jeff Foxworthy says, "You might be a redneck if you've been on TV more than once describing what the tornado sounded like."