Chasing Quiet: Day 18 - Calm in the Storm

We've lived in Tornado Alley a long time and have been through some pretty fierce storms. Sometimes thunderstorms arise suddenly and we scamper around, securing patio umbrellas and loose objects outside while the wind pushes against us and gusts of rain pelt us.

My youngest son gets a little excited when he hears "batten down the hatches!"and is eager to procure rations and flashlights. Apparently there's just something "special" about eating snacks in a closet with your whole family crammed in, including the 75-pound golden retriever little sister.

Photo cred to a Kansas friend

Other storms build up gradually.The sky forewarns us as it mutes its lovely blues and introduces hues of eerie green with undertones of steely gray. Although the wind stills to a  dramatic pause, the perceptible shift in the atmosphere feels a bit crackly and threads of tension permeate the air. About this time our dog is anxiously following me around, looking at me imploringly "can we just go inside already? Now!?!"

All these indicators warn us that a storm is coming. We just don't know when or how long the storm will last. The media fervor about a storm's expected intensity adds to the drumbeat of anticipation: a powerful storm is approaching.

How do storm forecasts imp