North vs. South: 5 Weather Events and Natural Phenomena Neither of Us Can Handle
A friend of mine from New Jersey recently remarked on Facebook that the conditions that brought Atlanta to a standstill last week people in New Jersey call "Thursday." My response was that people in Texas referred to "Superstorm Sandy" as an afternoon thunderstorm.
I'll stick with my thunderstorms, thank you very much.
That's the thing about weather. If you live in a part of the world where it is cold a lot, you get used to it. You know how to prepare yourself and you understand the hazards of being out in it. Same thing goes for life along the Gulf Coast and hurricanes. We've been through many tropical storms. We know the warnings. We know what constitutes a need to evacuate and when to hunker down.
So, yes, when southern cities like Atlanta found themselves trapped in a city covered in a mere two inches of snow and a thin sheet of ice, they freaked out. So did Houston, but we just stayed home instead. In the case of Sandy, you'll forgive us if your Category 1 hurricane caused us to wonder why you needed 24/7 coverage for weeks when Hurricane Ike, a storm that literally wiped out an entire community, was largely ignored. Maybe it's because we're used to it...and not the center of the media universe.
Thing is, there are plenty of things in nature neither of us can handle. You brag about your thickened blood from years of chilly winters and we act Jim Cantore-tough in the face of sheeting rain, but there are natural phenomena and weather events neither of us want any part of.
Folks in the north -- northeast in particular -- and those of us in the south can agree on one thing: we aren't California, thank God. There are plenty of times when we both envy the beautiful weather in So Cal, but we find it all a bit soft. They don't have to withstand our blistering summers or your frigid winters. They just roll along in shoes with no socks year round like they own the universe. Then again, neither of us have to deal the actual ground moving underneath our feet. I can pretend I would be fine during an earthquake, but then I'd be lying. If my best defense against dying is to stand in a doorway, I'm pretty sure I'm going to die. Pass.
Most places in the U.S. have had brushes with twisters. They are scary because of their unpredictability and raw power. But, nothing compares with what they face in Tornado Alley. Tornados there can grow to massive sizes and wipe out entire towns. For most people in these areas, their only means of protection is an underground bunker if they have one. Those who don't huddle in their bathrooms covered in mattresses. This sounds more like a horror film than protection from the weather. My best advice: abandon Oklahoma immediately.