Apparently, people in Oklahoma have something every year called "Tornado Season." I Googled "Tornado season in Oklahoma" to see when it actually officially started, and this is what I found on About.com:
"In truth, all year is pretty much tornado season in Oklahoma. But the prime conditions begin around late March and go through August in a typical year. Oklahoma City, in fact, has more tornado strikes than any other city in the United States."
I swear I didn't know anything about this when I moved!! Not sure it would have changed our decision anyway, but it would have been nice to know. So this afternoon, around 1:30 my new friend, Debbie, and I were going for a nice walk on UCO campus in the breezy sunshine. Within 30 minutes, the wind was howling, thunder was rumbling, and the sky was darkening quickly on the west. We hurried back to my house and turned on the news. And then it started to hail (see picture). Debbie decided to go pick up the kids early from school (hers and mine both!) and by the time she got back the tornado sirens were going off. Debbie pulled in my driveway, and she and all the kids came hurrying inside to get shelter from the storm. We spent the next hour glued to the TV watching all the "wall clouds" and "storm hooks" to see where the tornadoes were developing. We also got to watch some live footage taken a couple miles from here in north Edmond where a structure of some sort (barn, house?) was taken up and blown around. I felt like I was watching the Wizard of Oz! But more nervous. However, we all survived and Ben got home safe and no damage was done. It was an exciting afternoon!