With all the tragedies that have occurred in the last few years from severe weather and other natural disasters, it has really had me thinking about this lifestyle that Heidi and I enjoy so much. Not negative thoughts or worry mind you, rather a bit of comfort and peace in the fact that we can, more often than not, drive out of an area that is threatening dangerous conditions.
Yesterday was an excellent example that clearly illustrates this fact. Early morning, before we were ready to climb out of bed, we heard the thunder and saw the flash of lightning reflected through our uncovered skylights. The rain poured down and the hot muggy temperatures were even more intense than in recent days. A little later, as we enjoyed our coffee in the house with my sister, we learned that the day was going to be filled with severe weather and potentially large hail. Pretty sure I heard Taj make a loud, nervous gasp about then!
Large hail is some seriously scary stuff to a vanhome! Even hail half the size of the one pictured above could potentially ventilate a B's fiberglass roof, and the windows, as well as creating a mess of the sheet metal. Definitely something to avoid, and yet, quite easily done when your home has wheels!
We spent the day in Bloomington which is a few hours South and out of the main "line of fire" for the storms.
In the end, it turned out that the warnings were accurate concerning the strong winds and severe thunderstorms, but overall it was more mild that it first sounded, and at least for the immediate area there was no hail. I am still very glad we left. We did have some specific business to take care of in Bloomington anyway, and really, what good is the ability to avoid damage if it isn't used? Had we not left, and there had been hail, this would be a very sad post, especially since we had warning.
I have decided that a weather radio is now going to be in our future, sooner rather than later. I have read some very interesting blogs concerning them lately and really believe it will be a wise move. I will do a bit of a review after we have done our research, acquired and tested one.
The big message here though, is 'having wheels on your home is really a handy thing!'