So the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne is getting ready for a night jump this morning. A line of thunderstorms rolls through Fayetteville. What to do? Call Dad.
Him: "Are you near a computer?"
Him: "What's the weather like in Fayetteville?"
(in the background) "There's a f**king tornado warning."
Me: "Well, there's a bad line of thunderstorms south of town."
Him: "What's the ceiling?"
Me: "217 feet"
(in the background) "What about lightning. Is there a lot of lightning?"
Him: "What's it going to be like tonight?"
Me: "90 percent chance of thunderstorms."
Him: "There's a tornado warning 10 miles from here."
Me: "Well, there's nothing much on the radar after this line of thunderstorms."
Him: "Okay. Cool."
I called back later and told him that the thunderstorms were about 30 minutes from Pope Air Force Base and that his house is west of the line of storms.
So a word about technology. There is a neat little tool called WunderMap at www.wunderground.com.
Go there and type in your zip code and the weather for your area will come up including a local NEXRAD radar.
Click on the radar to see the weather moving through your area.
On the left hand side will be a button for a WunderMap. This matches your local radar with a map.
Click on hybrid (top right) and a Google aerial photograph comes up. You can zoom into your neighborhood and see where the weather is in relation to your house. I used it during TS Fay and it is remarkably accurate....and scary.