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A tornado went about 30 miles to the north of me on Monday afternoon. Grim business, tornados. Mean ugly storms. I’m fine, no harm done. The title of this blog is a quote from a man who lived in the town where the tornado hit, Pilger, Nebraska. Two dead, many more critically injured. Main Street businesses wiped out. Awful.
“It was like God dragged two fingernails across the the land.”
I have a writer friend there, who was out of town for the day, mercifully, but her home is gone, wiped out.
They talked a lot on the news about how rare a double tornado like this is, and BIG twin tornados too, that lasted a long time. So I started reading about tornadoes and thought I’d share some facts. Possibly the least humorous post I’ll ever share.
First, I sort of think of tornadoes as a Midwestern thing. but there are been deadly tornadoes in every state but Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, California, Rhode Island and Vermont.
And I guess I sort of think of tornadoes as an American thing but the deadliest tornado in history was in Bangladesh. in 1989, 1300 people died.
The first confirmed tornado in the United States (thought it wasn’t the United States then) was in 1671 in Massachusetts. The pilgrims landed in 1620, so they got 50 good years and then the trouble started.
Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri holds the record for the longest distance anyone was carried by a tornado who lived. On March 12, 2006 he was carried 1,307 feet, which is 13 feet shy of a quarter mile.
The Oklahoma City suburb of Moore was hit by devastating tornadoes in 1973, 1999, 2003, 2010, and 2013 — okay, I know you love your home, but I think you’d better just close down and move away.
The earliest recorded tornado in Europe struck Rosdalla, Ireland on April 30, 1054.
The earliest known British tornado hit central London on October 23, 1091.
Do we ever hear of tornadoes in Europe? I can’t remember hearing of them. I would think a tornado, as much as they talk about it in a small Nebraska town on the national news, you’d think they’d talk about it in Europe if one hit.
A tornado in what is now Mexico City, hit on August 21, 1521, two days before the Aztec capital’s fall to Cortés. Do you suppose that was the reason it fell? They were still recovering from a tornado?
The Super Outbreak–yes, it has a name–a large area of the east central United States and extreme southern Ontario in Canada on April 3 and April 4, 1974. 148 tornadoes in only 18 hours that hit Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York. At one point, as many as 15 separate tornadoes were ongoing at the same time.
And while we’re talking about destructive storms:
Anyone want to buy a car? They’re on sale.
Blair, Nebraska hit by a massive hail storm a couple of weeks ago. Including a huge car dealership with 4500 vehicles.
I suppose I should mention that I have two books releasing this month.
(Book #3 of the Trouble in Texas series)
When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!
Now that she’s settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel’s saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn’t know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince’s best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn’t approve of how he’s handling any of them.
With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he’s ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he’s got one more surprise coming his way: Tina’s picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
Novella collection with my Petticoats and Pistols buddy Margaret Brownley,
also Robin Lee Hatcher and Debra Clopton.
“Spitfire Sweetheart” by Mary Connealy
Maizy MacGregor is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is, and he never expected to fall in love.
“Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper’s owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He’s resolved to change Molly’s mind about him–as an editor and as a man.
“A Cowboy for Katie” by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie’s mind?
“Courting Trouble” by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive–or a killer. When
her third husband is found dead, she is arrested for his murder. Attorney Brock
Daniels isn’t interested in the case–until he meets his beautiful client. Only a
miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts
may be their saving grace.
I’M GIVING AWAY ONE COPY OF EACH OF THESE BOOKS.
TO GET YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING,
TELL ME OF THE CLOSEST BRUSH YOU’VE HAD WITH TERRIBLE WEATHER.