Then, comes April of 2011, where we are evacuated from our neighborhood because of all the tornado warnings around us. We get to a safe place, only to find out that just about everything around us, including my hometown (which we now live in again), have been demolished by an actual F4 tornado. My high school, all the places I walked around, friend's houses. Everything.
We have a few more weather scares throughout the year, but nothing serious. Winter of 2011 was pretty normal. Barely any snow, none that stuck to the ground.
Spring of 2012, we have a lot more severe weather in our area. Even another tornado about 20 miles north of us where most of my mom's side of the family lives.
Then comes Summer of 2012, which we are (obviously) in right now. We have reached temperatures of 107 several times this summer. This is another thing we are not used to. Our summers usually hover in the high 90's, MAYBE reaching 101 or 102. The last time it was 107 in our area was over FIFTY years ago. And the crazy thing, Florida has consistently had lower temperatures than us on these incredibly hot days. That never happens here.
Now, here I sit listening to the thunder roar and the lightening flash outside our window. My dad invited us to eat with him at Pizza Hut tonight. The same Pizza Hut that was destroyed last year in the tornado, and has since been rebuilt. We had just gone outside, and it felt amazing outside, which I immediately thought was strange because it was 95 earlier today. At night it's only been dropping to the low 80's, but it was in the low 70's at this point. Lightening was flashing all around us, and the winds were blowing hard, then all the lights around us flickered, and bam, everything went dark. Cue panic ensuing. Everything that went dark was in the exact path of last year's tornado, so everyone was scrambling to their cars to get out of there. As I was getting the kids strapped in, the lights tried to come back on, only to fail again. We got home just before the rain started. There were tornado watches all around the area. It's AUGUST for crying out loud! It is not tornado season, and we are not in tornado alley.
I want the weather back that we had when I was a kid! The kind of weather that (sadly) made all the people fearless to the tornado warnings in April of 2011 because no one believed an actual tornado would touch down in our tiny town. We'll never have that sense of safety and security again. It can happen. It has happened. Now, whenever the weather gets severe like this, I just lie awake watching the radar because I'm too terrified to sleep. I hate this :/