Nebraska Aware

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Last night, as I watched old movies with my teenage sons, I randomly checked Facebook on my phone. A storm was coming through our area and FB was alive with fresh pictures of the eerie cloud formations hovering over friends homes.

Seeing the boiling, rippling grey heaviness of yet another summer thunderstorm, I couldn’t help but think of the acuteness of a native Nebraskan’s internal weather radar. We really don’t need a report from the ‘experts’. Most of us just step out our front doors and you just know if the weather will turn angry. A vast majority of us participate in some sort of weather watching. Some avid chasers hunt down the next big storm, placing themselves in danger just to report back to the media to help keep thousands safe. Here in Tornado Alley we don’t have much notice, if any, of the severity of a storm until it is howling at our back doors, and pounding on our roofs.

I have grown up with this weather threat always looming on the horizon. In recent months the stories of Nebraska’s storms have been National news. It has been a very severe spring/summer. Yet we will endure, embrace and rebuild when necessary. Always with one eye on the sky.

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Recovery

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What a beautiful day to drive the open roads of Nebraska.  The sun is shining down, warming The Great Plains.  The road is calling to me once again.

It has been a very tumultuous storm season so far in Nebraska.  Many lives have been disrupted by the destructive power of wind, hail and tornadoes.  With all the news covering the tragedy in Northeastern Nebraska, my heart is sadden with the loss of lives.  My heart goes out to all those grieving.  My prayers are for continued healing of everyone recovering, both physically and emotionally.  Property has been broken and scattered.  Just as the tornadoes upturned grain bins, homes, churches, and vehicles, lives have been upturned.  The morning light after the devastation only illuminated the work ahead.

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As I drive, I count all my many blessings.  I am happy to know I am able to help where I am needed.  Helping to pick up the pieces of so many broken lives.

While traveling this summer please remember to have respect for the ever-changing weather conditions.  Be aware of storms forming and moving through your area.  But be sure to get out there, into our big wide world.  Enjoy your travels!

Travel well my friends and pray for the continued healing of storm victims.