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Weather updates by text get personal in Oklahoma

Friday evening's severe weather could have been be a pre-run for Saturday, which could be a rerun of May 24, 2011, according to weather experts ... and Facebook, Twitter and my wife's text messages.
by Richard Mize Published: April 14, 2012

Working without missing a beat through tornado watches, then warnings, then a touchdown or three, then damage reports, with three or four TVs on and maybe a scanner, plus — and now Twitter tweeting and Facebook Facebooking and the phones ringing?

Eh. That's springtime in an Oklahoma or Texas news room.

But waiting, hoping and praying in a bathtub with your wife, two cats and a weenie dog? That's hitting close to home — and more importantly, to the house.

That was May 24 last year, seeking shelter in a “small interior room” for maybe just the third time in my life. From the way the weather people are talking, it could replay Saturday night — minus a weenie dog, since poor Bailey the Wonderdog, 12, went to be with Jesus the other day after going downhill fast the past six months.

Thanks to the modern technology of these kids today, who do you think disrupted my usual calm, cool and collected acceptance of news room chaos with text message after text message after text message on a stormy spring afternoon and evening?

My lovely bride, Dolores, weather junkie and native of Wichita Falls, Texas, where as a girl she came out of a fraidy hole the night of April 10, 1979, to find the outside wall of her bedroom gone, the room wrecked — but her Easter dress laid out perfectly on her bed where she'd left it.

•  2:39 p.m. — “OK, 3 bags ready to accept cats. Quilt in tub ... Uh oh. The cats sense something afoot. They've been sniffing the bags.”

•  3:11 p.m. — “Dang supercells! Meso is wanting to tornado by Amber and Pocasset. Hail 3 inches plus. OK. Low-level lock near Bridge Creek.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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