After reading a post by Skeeter about Oklahoma tornadoes:
I decided to chime in on the subject, because, YES, it's that time of year!
Skeeter mentioned living in Norman, while I have the distinct honor of living in Moore (yes, yes, I'm a Mooron), which is a suburb of south of Oklahoma City. Moore is just north of Norman, also a suburb of OKC and home of the University of Oklahoma (GO SOONERS!).
Now I say it is a distinct honor, that may not be the right words to use while referring to the freakin tornado magnet that I live in. If you've seen shows about giant ass tornadoes, such as the one Skeeter mentions in his blog, then I bet you've seen video of Moore, or what was left over after any one of 3 or 4 tornadoes in the past decade tore us up.
Location being established, I must also add that I am extremely "weather aware". NOT PARANOID, just weather aware...24/7 during the spring time especially.
I have a serious case of hero worship to go along with my weather phobia. GARY ENGLAND. He is the weather guy for the OKC CBS affiliate on channel 9. He is a weather GOD! I have watched him since I was an elementary school kid (a LONG time ago). He is so good that on days that we expect bad weather, the way that we gauge how bad it will potentially get is whether or not Gary is in early, or if he comes in on the weekend. When that happens...look out!
Gary England was also the weather guy that they showed on TV during the movie Twister. He's so COOL! He's so cool in fact, that a Gary England Drinking Game has been passed around in emails since last year. I thought I would post it here, and see just how many people get it and how many people take one look and say "WTF???".
If severe weather is in the area, make sure the liquor cabinet is stocked...
Gary England Drinking Game
1. Everyone selects a storm chaser other than Val Caster. Every time Gary talks to your storm chaser, you take one drink. Take two drinks every time we see footage from your storm chaser. Take four drinks if your storm chaser says "tornado on the ground."
2. Everyone selects a county other than Pottawatomie County. Every time Gary mentions your county, you take one drink. Take two drinks every time we see footage from your county. Take four drinks if a tornado touches down in your county.
1. Take one drink every time Gary says the following:"Hook echo" "Updraft" "Metro" "Doppler radar" "Wall cloud" "Ranger 9" "Underground" "Mobile home"
2. When Gary gives a list of counties, take one drink for every county in the list.
3. Take one drink every time Gary interrupts a program. Take one drink if Gary says "You're not missing any of [program name]." Take one drink when Gary says "We'll keep you advised."
1. Take two drinks every time Gary says the following:"Baseball-sized hail" "Waterloo Road" "Pottawatomie County" "Deer Creek High School"
2. Take two drinks every time Gary mentions the following towns:Altus Burns Flat Dill City Gotebo Hydro Lookeba Meeker Mulhall Oktaha Olustee Shattuck Slaughterville Tryon Vici Waukomis Wayne (or Payne) Weleetka Wetumkah
3. Take two drinks every time Gary talks to Val Caster.
1. Take three drinks if we see footage from Val Caster.
2. Take three drinks if we see footage from Pottawatomie County.
3. Take three drinks if Gary mentions the following:"Immediate tornado precautions" "National Weather Service" "Mesocyclone" "Portable Radio" "Take shelter" "Tornado warning in effect until ..."
1. Take four drinks if Ranger 9 must land to refuel.
2. Take four drinks if Gary issues his own tornado warning, not recognized by the NWS or says the following:"Will someone please answer that phone?" "Do you see power flashes?"
3. Take four drinks if a shirt-less tornado victim is interviewed.
Finish your drink
1. Finish your drink if someone uses the word tornado as a verb or if Gary mentions the nearest cross streets to you.
2. If Gary says "We've lost Val," pour a little out for your homies and finish your drink.