Reason not to be a storm chaser (my scare today)

This close........ - I just missed the shot of a ;ifetime by a second or less. Grrr
@webeishere (36353)
United States
May 25, 2008 5:54pm CST
Well there was a tornado near me, maybe 5 miles or so away. Being the type that HAS to have photos for a discussion. I traversed out once the all clear was sounded. Big mistake. After about a 10 minute drive I looked out my window at a stoplight and saw a funnel cloud spinning wildly. As I grabbed my camera it lifted off the ground and dispersed just as quickly as it formed. Just above the street light is a small white area of clouds in this photo. Just to the right is the tornado dispersing upwards. Driving back home after a short stop somewhere to get shots of a small tree down I hit 60 MPH winds and my car was litterally on 2 wheels. I parked under a bridge with about 50 other vehicles. Anyhow I will never be a storm chaser. My heart is still racing like a horse. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
25 May 08
Wow what a kewl pic grandpa.. Listen you experienced soemthing you never thought you would, I cant say I have ever done anything like that.. Calm the heart down you survived
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 May 08
Yes I did. But my heart is still racing and I am still shaking. HAHAHAHAH! Thanks also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
25 May 08
Wow wo wo wow! Why did you do that for! don't you think your a bit old for that. Even If we don't have tornadoes here I've seen how devastating it is. I've seen it in new, read in book and I've the seen the movie twister. Next time Grandpa Bob tag me along.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 May 08
Small storm clouds - Doesn't look severe does it? A few funnel clouds and or tornadoes developed from these
Just how I am. I love taking photos and I love doing discussions about my daily life. Thing is when I left the skies were a dark blue like this photo taken from my front yard just before I left. Just a mild storm it seemed. But things changed quickly for the worse. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
25 May 08
rendered tornado - Scary tornado experience
I know Grandpa Bob, I would have done the same If I was there. But be careful next time.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
I have to apologize. This attatched photo in this response was edited by someone and it does not represent the strom or clouds I saw at all. There was no tornado in the original photo that is attatched in this discussion up top. Please ignore this photo as it is a fake and remake of my original. Sorry ferd but this stepped across the lines here in such a serious issue I had to let others know it was not my doings this photo here. BOB
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
26 May 08
The other night I was online monitoring a tornadic storm near Perry, Oklahoma because a friend who lives in Stillwater, OK who was chatting to me on MSN at the time was worried that it would moved down to Stllwater. Perry is just in the next county, so the storm was not very far away. She was following the tornado chasers reports on the TV and I was able to get real - time radar of the storm and tornadoes on http://www.wunderground.com There where about 12 on the ground at one time or another in the vicinity of Perry. One of the chasers got into difficulty and nearly got caught by one of the tornadoes just south of PerryHe got out of OK though it gave him a scare.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
That area gets a LOT of tornadic activity. Tornado Alley it's known as. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
26 May 08
A pig farm was taken out by one of the twisters, but apparently all of the pigs survived http://www.news9.com/Global/category.asp?C=137906
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
26 May 08
Grandpa Bob what is wrong with you.lol. I would never go out and chase a tornado.We get a lot of tornado weather hear. But always been lucky to not have one hit us. We keep our finger crossed that it will never happen. We did get hail and rain yesterday and the sirens went off but everything turned out ok. I love summer but I sure dont like the tornado season.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Ummm, Crazy, whacko, nuts, insane, wierd? I can name a lot. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
26 May 08
Wow, I would be too scared to even think about my camera. My son called and told me that a tornado touched down in the parking lot where he lived. He said it only lasted a few seconds. He tried getting picture on his cell phone but they did not come out. You men are all alike! (mom mode on) Don't do anything like this again! Do you hear me? I hope so! (mom mode off) Please be safe...BTW it was a scary picture, nice shot!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Mom mode? I love it. Thanks bunches also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
25 May 08
Wow, even with your fears you were still able to get some pictures of the furiuos tornado. I am one of those who have fears even with strong rain that is coupled with loud thurders, yikes, it makes me want to cry when I hear and experience those. It was more worst for me when was a kid. Whe it rains hard I can remember running hiding inside our room and crying hard.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
26 May 08
Wow, I'd be as terrified as you! That's just amazing and terrifying. I'm glad you are alright though!
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
26 May 08
Talk about close calls-I'm glad we don't get that kind of weather here in Upstate SC USA Some may say you were very brave trying to get that "money" shot but on the other hand I think you're right not to risk your life for those pics +'s :)
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@awp123 (3)
26 May 08
wow thats intense, dont get that close, or you'll fly away with your car dude, lol
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 May 08
Really glad to hear that you and your family are safe. The picture you took was pretty under the circumstances just glad there was not a tornado chasing you in it. There is no way I could or would ever be a storm chaser. We seldom have tornado's here, maybe a funnel cloud but we are on the coast where hurricanes are the thing but thankful we haven't had one of those in many years.
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@mummymo (23707)
25 May 08
I am so mad with you right now I could spit AGB - and I loathe spitting! How could you put yourself in that kind of danger? Apart from how devastated your lovely family would have been if anything had happened to you what would we have done? Oh and we would have felt guilty as you were out getting photos for us! Please, please don't ever take chances like that again or I will really have to think of an appropriate punishment! I am glad that you are safe but I have to say I think that is more thanks to Good Luck than Good Judgement! xxx
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
I knew of all the friends here you'd be the one ripping me a new "A" hole. Thanks I guess. Believe me this won't happen again. You know e and photos. I had to get a photo for a discussion. Thanks bunches. Love ya. XXX HAPPY POSTINGS FROM AGB!!~
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@mummymo (23707)
26 May 08
HMMM Well at least I didn't disappoint you! Don't you dare think cos you make me smile I will let you off that easily! You and your photos! lol Glad that you have learnt a lesson though or I might have had to tie you down any time there was the slightest chance of a tornado coming anywhere near! Hugs and love form a very relieved you are safe me! xxx
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
AGB
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@GardenGerty (99468)
• United States
25 May 08
Is this how you welcome a visitor to Minnesota? I listened to the storm sirens and sat and looked out my daughter's apartment window. Glad it is over now. I do not chase storms. Glad you are safe.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Are you still here in MN? If so what area? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (99468)
• United States
26 May 08
Hi, we are in Champlin. Leaving tomorrow around 2:00 p.m.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Yeah you are well south & west of my area. I am maybe 4 or 5 miles from where it hit. Then I drove over to Univeristy and like 125th ave. That's about the area the 2nd one hit just before I got there. Scary stuff I tell ya. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ellie333 (21029)
26 May 08
No I don't think I could ever be a stormchaser either. Excellent photo but I would have been hidden underground somewhere til it had gone. Ellie :D
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
I am just the opposite. I love adventure,danger, and challenges I reckon. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
26 May 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB! Wow, that must be exciting and scary at the same time. I am glad you are safe my friend! I have watched a show about storm chasers before and I really find storm chasing so exciting and scary somehow. I used to imagine being with these storm chasers but of course, I won't leave their side for fear that I might be chased by the storm instead. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Very scary as tornadoes can turn on a dime in a second. Never know which direction nor where it will hit again usually. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
26 May 08
Well luckily it didn't lift YOU off the ground and disperse with you, lol. I saw on the front page of Yahoo that 1 person had been killed in a Minnesota tornado and some were missing. Is this the same tornado?
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
26 May 08
I could yell at you, and tell you that you were foolish. I would probably do the same thing. I can't resist looking at wild weather. I'm glad you're ok, and got enough of a mess in your civies to make you not do that again. The pic is great!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Who knows. I may do it again. Maybe. but more than likely not. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
26 May 08
I don't think I could be a storm chaser either, I think I would be headed the opposite direction. I'm sure that was a bit scary trying to get a photo of a tornado. I will comment on the picture as soon as I hit submit of this discussion since I can't see the pic just yet.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
I was hit with like 60 MPH winds from the tail end of a tornado and it lifted my car half off the road. And those people drive after them. No thank you very much. I like my car with all 4 wheels on the ground and I like my life too much. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 May 08
Aww--you mean you don't want to audition for Twister 2? LOL...I loved that movie, Twister by the way, and I don't know how real storm chasers have the guts to do that...I mean tornadoes can hit in a flash without any warning. Years and years ago, when my mother and I were in Florida we were hit by a "min" hurricane....uh, guess who was out in it trying to photograph the effects? Uh, yup me. all I can say, is, if that was a mini hurricane sure wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere near a major one
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Maybe next one huh? I could use a Hollywood Stars paycheck. Then I wouldn't need trying for shots like this for myLot. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
25 May 08
You crazy fool! You could have been killed! I used to watch the tornados on the South Dakota border and watch them rip up trees etc right out of the ground! I am glad it scared the beegeevers out of you! We don't want anything to happen to you! Especially on your birthday! Oh by the way: Happy Birthday to you...... Happy Birthday to you...... Happy Birthday dear Bob.... Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
Shhhh! My B-Day is over with. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
25 May 08
Hi Grandpa Bob it all looks so exciting in the movies but in reality its a whole other thing. scary,frightening, knee shaking, not at all fun. I grew up in tornado alley and we all had storm cellars. we watched for the tornados then as we did not have all the latest technology and when it looked like we were in the path we went into the storm cellar.I was so lucky as one never hit our own farm but on the farms on either side of us. Houses reduced to splinters and odd stuff flung all over even a baby buggy up in a tree. I saw straws blown into telephone poles and garages torn off one foundation and set down onto a whole different foundation. ONe house would'be totally demolished and another one not touched.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
26 May 08
It was fun. A very scary fun adventure but still fun sort of. I won't be trying that anytime soon again though. That I can promise. I've seen a few really deadly ones in my time. We had a big one here that took out my next door neighbors 40 foot pine tree and did nothing but break a few branches on my trees. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~