Sunday, February 19th
Today, we got up and headed over for Nelly Muffins and the group photo. After that we headed backwards to he rig to start getting packed up. As usual, you don't get too far without someone stopping to visit.
Tony was able to procure a bunch of freebies donated to the Sweetheart rally that they had extras of, so he loaded the car full. We'll use them at our rally.
We had dropped off the propane tanks yesterday to get them filled, but their person never came in to fill them, so the park left us a loaner. Since we were leaving, we had to get our tanks back! So I called and they said it would be done soon. Well, an hour later they stilll had not brought them, so Tony ran and got us food. We were all hooked up and ready to go, eating our lunch when they came with the tanks. Yay!
We left about 12, got back to our park and set up. I decided to lay down and take a nap, which didn't last long because it was kinda hot in the rig and the cats were snuggling, making me too hot. It was warm and muggy outside, the bad atmosphere you get before tornado weather, so probably another reason I didn't really sleep.
We had some severe weather predicted, so I was keeping an eye on the developing storms to our south. About 4pm we got a severe thunderstorm watch area, and at 5:00 we had a severe storm warning box over us. I told Tony to get his shoes on, just in case.
Well, I was watching the clouds rolling in and thought they looked "funky".... about 5:15 the tornado warning alerted us on both our phones, so we instantly packed up the cats, grabbed our computers (still packed up from Santo) and hit the door running! Our park doesn't have a building for shelter, so we headed in the truck, (leaving the trailer is not an issue when there's a tornado warning) and headed away from the area on I-20, down to Ranger where the rest area is that also has a tornado shelter. We've done this before!
Luckily, it was only rotation on radar, and by the time we got to the rest area/shelter, the warning expired about 10 minutes later. The storm was fast moving and was gone from our park.
This shows the rotation sited on radar. Red is moving from the radar, green moving towards. Lighter colors indicate faster wind speed. When these are close together in a tight area, that is a rotation signature.
Here was the Tornado warning box as seen on my phone. Red pinpoint is our location.
We headed back home and stopped in at Dominoes to get a pizza and the mail, then back to the park. Luckily, cats just thought it was another trip, and slept through the whole thing.
We got a lot of rain as the evening progressed, but none was severe. They said about 2" in Cisco. Turns out the same storm system produced some weak tornadoes down near San Antonio, much later in the night.