Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blowin' in the Wind

Today's post is inspired by two bloggers that I read this morning, Manic Manicurist and E. Craig. Both of them had a story about tornadoes. MM's was a personal experience of a tornado and EC's was a spectacular video of a tornado in Oklahoma as seen from a helicopter. Now I know I have a mild case of Ancraophobia which is fear of wind, not to be confused with Anemophobia which is fear of air drafts.

I have no idea what caused this fear. I've never seen a live tornado let alone been in one. I remember as a kid when the wind would pick up I would walk around my house looking for anything that might blow away like toys or one of our bikes. As I got older I noticed that whenever I'm very stressed I dream about tornadoes or being stuck in a doomed elevator, another fear I have.

Luckily I don't live in an area that is conducive to tornadoes. The lay of the land just doesn't support the conditions needed for one to form. Living on Lake Ontario we have lake effect snow, blizzards and ice storms. Every once in a while we'll get the last dregs of a hurricane blow through but it's just a weak tropical storm by the time it gets up north. We do get tornado warnings sometimes during severe thunderstorms but very rarely does one touch down.

I don't know how people live in places frequented by tornadoes. I would be a neurotic mess. Actually I don't have to worry about it because I will NEVER live in tornado territory.

While looking up "fear of wind" I found a long
list of different phobias that are out there. Geez, you can have a phobia of almost anything you can think of. Some are understandable, some are silly but all I know is that I will never tease anyone about it because I have a few of them on the list too.

Be sure to click on video link to watch. It's very scary. For me anyway.


tornwordo said...

That was one of the best tornado videos I've ever seen. Awesome. One day I will go chasing them.

Anonymous said...

ack... that IS SCARY!

p.s. thanks for the shout out:)

Nobody™ said...

Cool video!

I've lived in the northern end of "Tornado Alley" my entire life, so I don't know anything else. Even so, I didn't see my first tornado in person until I was about 25. All together I've only seen maybe 3.

I've seen them live on TV from helicopters quite a few times (I think the news copter guy here drinks a lot, or he's real stupid).