Some big storms came through our state today and when a very rare tornado watch was issued for the entire state of New Hampshire, you can only imagine how excited my Nathan was. He is our resident scientist/meteorologist/storm chaser, etc. He loves ‘extreme’ weather, but naturally with us living in the northeast, the most extreme weather we usually get is a big blizzard. And because it happens pretty frequently, that’s not very exciting to him. But a tornado? Now that’s exciting for him. He often talks to his grandpa (my dad who lives in Ohio) about various tornado warnings they receive and he loves it.
The extreme weather of the midwest this past year has been a good lesson for him. Not just for him to learn more about weather patterns and related subjects, but it’s also given me more opportunities to teach him empathy. He was in awe of the giant F-5 (yes he knows all about the various levels) tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri recently, but I was pleased to see that he was sad and sympathetic for the many people who’s lives were destroyed/changed forever by that monster storm.
Nathan was excited today. As the wind gusted at times, we kept tabs on the weather reports and learned that some areas of our state an hour away had golf ball size hail. One person even posted a picture of hail almost the same size as a large apple.
Upon hearing this, Nathan said very solemnly, “This storm may change my life, Mom. I’ve never seen hail that big and if I did? Well… wow!”
This was one of those things I had to write down. One of those moments where one of the kids says something that’s rather out of character for them and where it seems they are trying to grow up faster than ever. lol.
For those of you wondering, no we did not get a tornado. We didn’t even get a thunderstorm in our area. Nathan was a bit disappointed, but he was busy checking out the footage of a tornado that did touch down in Massachusetts (again a rare event.)