A blizzard in West Virginia.
Weird weather is making the Northeast its biotch this month and I don’t care for it. (Stay safe Aberdeen peeps!) Here in Oklahoma, we have our fair share of inclement crap-your-pants-scary weather. And normally, it’s all year round.
As far back as I can remember, Oklahoma has always been the place where the weather shiz seems to always hit the fan. When I was about six or seven, I remember leaving not being able to trick-or-treat because of rain. My parents took us to a church that was having a Fall Festival. We stayed for maybe an hour or two.
On the drive home, I remember getting scared that water was going to seep into our Aerostar. In the short amount of time that we were getting candy, the rain had flooded our streets. I can still see in my memory a man walking wading down the street, the water to his waist!
I’m not much of a believer in global warming, but over the past decade, we’ve seen some crazy things here in the SoonerState that it, at times, unexplainable. Here’s the proof:
May 3, 1999
I was in eighth grade in 1999. My mom, dad, and sister were at a National Honors Society event and my other sister was away at college at OBU. I was home alone. The storm clouds were rolling in, but I thought nothing of it. I opened the window on the screen door and turned on the TV. In a matter of minutes, (and sans severe weather tie) Mike Morgan said the seemingly calm rain storm had magnified into an earth-shattering wave of tornadic activity. The sky went a greenish-black and I thought I was going to pee myself. You have to remember, this was a time before cell phones were mainstream, so only the super rich had them. I had no way of contacting my family to know what to do. We lived in an area that wasn’t ever really affected by tornados. Finally, my family came home and we decided to go to our friends’ house five blocks over because they had a storm shelter. It took us about twenty minutes to get there.
After white knuckling it and getting to safety, we waited out the storm. The next morning, I was shocked when I saw our neighborhood. The massive pine tree in my neighbor’s yard had literally been uprooted and was lying in the middle of the street. And, what’s worse, nearly every neighborhood in Moore looked like this:
Moore, OK on May 4, 1999
Thousands of people were without homes. My aunt and uncle were a part of that. I can’t imagine how it must’ve felt. The video below is absolutely nail biting. The music doesn’t help. But hearing David Payne say: “I’m too close, I’m too close!” is terrifying. If you live in Oklahoma, you know that he survived and is still out chasing storms. But, looking back, it’s like watching a scary movie; Is he going to make it?!
Christmas Eve Blizzard of 2009
Ah, Christmas. My favorite holiday. This particular Christmas was very important to me. It was my first Christmas with my then-boyfriend, now-husband. I couldn’t wait to share my family’s traditions with him. When the snow started in the afternoon, everyone thought: “Aw, how pretty!”
By 3:00, everyone thought: “HOLY CRAP, WE’RE GONNA DIE!”
A car stuck in the six feet of snow, piled up along the roadway.
The snow was relentless. Roads were closed, candlelight services were cancelled, and the power went out soon after. My sister, mom, dad, and I were stuck in the house with no power on Christmas Eve. It was (literally) freezing inside the house. Luckily, my mother had a cast iron skillet, so we were able to make chili cheese dip in the fireplace four our Christmas Eve supper. Unluckily, we all had to sleep in the living room so we could be close to the fire. I say unluckily because my father snores sounds like he’s choking on his tongue while he sleeps. My sister and I got no sleep (Mom’s used to it) and woke up to still no electricity. Thankfully, Future Hubs’ Jeep is four-wheel drive, so he was able to rescue me and take me to his parents’ house for Christmas breakfast. At noon, my mom texted to tell me the electricity was FINALLY back on. That is one Christmas I will not forget!
In January 2001, there was yet another big snow storm. It wasn’t as bad as the one in 2009, but it was memorable. Why, you ask? Because a new word was added to the Okie-vernacular…Thunder Snow.
What is thunder snow? Its just that: thunder when its snowing. When I first heard Mike Morgan say it, I thought, “That guy is ridiculous.” But turns out, it really is a real thing!