It doesn't matter where I travel, when it comes up and I mention that I'm from Oklahoma, people always bring up two uniquely Oklahoma things... The Murrah Building Bombing of 1995 and the weather. To be completely honest, being known for the bombing is a little bit of a trip because it always comes out of left field. We hopped into a cab in Waikiki, because walking "too many" groceries back to the hotel wasn't happening. In making small talk with the cabbie, he said "Where are you two from?" I said "Oklahoma" to which he instantly replied "Oh yeah, the Murrah bombing. That was crazy wasn't it?" It was a weird experience in conversation.

The other topic is always talked about more as a novelty. Like, people know we have bad weather in Oklahoma, but they don't seem to fully understand the complexity of just how wild it really is this time each year. Sometimes it's even unbelievable to me. Natures destruction is both awe inspiring and something that begs the question of "How?" For instance...

Yesterday, while the winds pumped cold air into Southwest Oklahoma, parts of Northern Oklahoma saw some impressive weather events. Springs storms and tornadoes are something every Oklahoman is so comfortable with, we often don't pay any attention to them until we have idle time. Up around Alva yesterday, they had some of the wildest weather on two completely separate ends of the spectrum at the same time. Wind advisory, it's a given... but they also had a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, and a blizzard warning all happening at the same time in the same county.

I'll say that again... Storms, tornadoes, and a blizzard happening at the same time in one county. A snownado!

Mother Nature is obviously off her meds this time of year. The outlook the National Weather Service has issued doesn't look all that positive, but we seem to always luck out here in Lawton. Lets hope that trend holds up another season.

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