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question for cyclists living in tornado alley(7 posts)

question for cyclists living in tornado alleyDaveG
May 10, 2003 2:21 PM
Watching the severe weather events playing out in Oklahoma and Missouri the last few days I was wondering how cyclists that live in tornado prone areas deal with it. Check the forecast often? Bag rides when bad weather possible? Take a NOAA radio everywhere? Perhaps you get used to it, but I think I'd have a tough time relaxing on a ride during tornado season.
Deal with it.MR_GRUMPY
May 10, 2003 3:21 PM
Anybody the worries so much, has a problem. Just think of the headlines....." Cyclist blown to OZ."......watch out for the flying monkeys............
re: question for cyclists living in tornado alleySTEELYeyed
May 10, 2003 3:26 PM
I always check weatherchannel.com for my area before I go on a long ride, if it looks suspect I keep my route short and do some overlapping, not getting to far from town. I always carry a cell phone so if the weather became life threatening I could always call 911. If a tornado pops up, laying down in a road ditch is probably the best thing to do. Lightening is probably a bigger threat though. Like earthquakes or any other force of nature sometimes there is not much warning, and there are not many options. What do you do in an earthquake if you are on a ride?
I'm more concerned with hail than tornados...Dave Hickey
May 10, 2003 5:17 PM
Tornados cut a narrow path and odds are you won't get hit. Hail on the other hand can be deadly. Softball size hail stones are not uncommon in the spring. Like the others have said, I live by the weather channel this time of year.
re: question for cyclists living in tornado alleyJuanmoretime
May 11, 2003 2:50 AM
About six years ago a tornado took out thirty-five houses about a mile from where I live. I do live in "tornado alley". About 4 to 6 times a year we hear the warning sirens and it's off to the basement.

Most of the time when conditions are right for a tornado, the weather conditions are so poor, there is very little chance that someone would be out on their bike. Very rarely do the pop up on a calm sunny day. Oklahoma and Missouri was in the midst of some very serious thunderstorms when they were hit.
Just watch the windKristin
May 12, 2003 6:24 AM
Straightline=good
Rotational=bad

Know where the storm shelters are along your route. Build strong legs. Tornado's move at an average pace of 30 mph. It is possible to out run one on a bike!! :-)
Tornado warning siren = last lap bellDale Brigham
May 12, 2003 8:13 AM
Dave:

On the last leg of my ride Saturday afternoon here in mid-MO, the tornado warning sirens sounded as the rain started pelting down. I happened to be riding with a couple of young lads on the Univ. of Missouri cycling team, whom I had come upon on my storm-shortened route. I got to the front and dug deep against the wind and rain for the last few miles to get us to the shelter of my home, where we arrived soaked, but safe.

One of the MU lads knows me (that I'm nuts), but the other must have been amazed at the old geezer doing a Lombardi on the front, trying to beat the twister. That siren surely focuses the mind on the task at hand.

BTW, no significant damage locally from that little storm (but plenty from those earlier in the week).

Dale