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High Mountain Desert Boy Meets Tornado weather

Posted on | April 10, 2008 | Comments Off

I have learned over the years that no matter where you live, there will be something about the area that isn’t so desirable. I love living in Allen, but the storms can be brutal. WFAA in Dallas did a video segment on Allen that you can see here.

Update: another video here.

People have always told me that when they hear a tornado, it sounds like a freight train. As a sound professional I have always wondered what that sound was really like. So trying to be as objective as possible, let me qualify the sound for you. Keep in mind that outside it is dark and windy. The rain is pounding down so hard that you can’t see across the street. The lightning is flashing almost continuously and you can’t identify thunder. I think that what I was hearing was not the lack of thunder, but continuous thunder, the wind blowing at 70 MPH, and the rain pouring down at about an inch every 30 minutes. The cumulative effect sounds remarkably like a freight train.

I must say that it was extremely frightening to huddle in the coat closet at 3:45 am with my whole family with wide eyes and the same look of fear that I was feeling.

This high mountain desert boy doesn’t relate to this weather.

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