I’m watching the weather from my apartment in downtown Burlington, Vermont, where it’s pouring heavily on and off and thundering loudly every few minutes. It looks like we’re in for an afternoon and evening of severe weather, with thunderstorm warnings, flash flood watches, and tornado watches in effect. According to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch is in effect for the entire North Country — almost all of Northern New York and Vermont — until 9 p.m. That means that weather conditions are ripe for producing tornados.
Growing up in North Texas, tornado watches — and warnings — were par for the course. We’d be at the public pool in early summer when lifeguards would blow the whistle at the first sign of lighting or a funnel cloud. Then my mom, sister, and I would beeline home and and set up shop in the closet under the stairs with our transistor radio, extra batteries, flash lights, and snacks. The other destination of choice during a tornado: in your bath tub, with a mattress pulled over your head. what memories do you have of severe summertime weather?
As today’s storm progresses, we’d like to know about what’s happening in your region. Feel free to post below or call the station (315-229-5356, or toll free 877-388-6277) to report severe weather.