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Watching STORMCHASERS in Discovery Channel reminded me of another awesome experience I had years back:

Back in 2003 or 04 on Nov 27, I was about to leave on a family vacation trip but have to get back home first to grab my bags. On the route heading towards a typical Malay kampung (village), the sky turned dark all of the sudden and this is a normal situation for us as it is the sign of an approaching rainstorm (or so I thought)

As the wind outside picked up and the palm trees were shook violently, I was at the front seat at the time and my mom was driving the van with my cousins and siblings at the back, I noticed specks of black "dirt" being tossed like confetties in the air as we get closer to the village houses. This specks at first from a distance, looked like black ashes from burnt pieces of paper but I noticed something else - it reflected light as it spins.

It took me a few minutes to realized that this isn't ashes and no one was burning rubbish anywhere near the road - they were huge sheets of zinc that were once part of a house now being turned into airborne missiles by a twister right in front of us!

Here's my conversation with my mom:

ME: Mom... I think there's a tornado in front of us!

MOM: Don't be stupid lah, people *bakar sampah la!  (burning rubbish)

by the time this conversation ends, it was too late...

(WAIT ~ BACK TRACK HERE FOR A MINUTE... A TWISTER IN MALAYSIA!? NAH MAN, THAT'S BULL...)

But I'm telling you, IT HAPPENED! XD For a country which is only prone to man-made landslides and flash floods, a TWISTER is such a rare sight especially in the middle of a tornado-free land.

As the title of this post states, we accidentally intercept this mini (yet fucking awesomhowmplpk! violent whirlwind) We were two cars away from the base of the funnel and debris were everywhere, power cables down, beams of hard wood and whole chunks of rooftops ripped apart like some Hollywood movie right in front of me.

Being an excited fan of the Twister film, and seeing that spectacle, I was frantically searching for a camera!

ME: oh shit! OH WOW! WHERE'S THE CAMERA? WHERE'S THE CAMERA? ANYBODY GOT A CAMERA!?

MOM: OH SHIT! OH MY GOD! WE CAN'T TURN BACK! WE'RE STUCK! OH MY GOD!

ME: SHIT! NO CAMERA! Oh my GOD! (disappointed but terrified and excited to see a twister and looking at debris flying past my window!)

The twister just cross past the road and it was gone in a minute. There was an eerie silence. My mom calmed her nerves (me, my excitement) and we continued our drive home after the survived villagers come out to clear the debris out of the road.  As we drove off, I look back to track the twister and the last I saw, it begin to lose its strength as it crossed a paddy field and eventually disappeared.

That was my first hand account of my exciting accidentally storm chasing experience and tornado intercept.  
I sure hope it won't be my last in my lifetime.

Daryl
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songbrezze Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I love your stories :)

and it's definitely true that climate change is happening. This summer in St Petersburg, Russia, a place where nothing exciting other than floods happen, this year there was a small tornado that picked up a car and threw it across a supermarket parking lot! A thing that, as far as I know, has never happened in the city (or anywhere near it)!
Climate change is here, and bizarre things are happening!
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HummbleD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
i love your stories ^o^ everytime i log on and see a journal entry im like "OMG STORY TIME!!XD" lol but seriously your experiences are pleasant to hear. a tornado huh... ive never been thru one or seen one... the closest ive been to one is the wind infront my apartment in fall making circles with the leaves and winds so hard it threatens to pick up my baby sister lmaoo. ive been through a hurricane before but its probably a big difference ^-^
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fenrir66 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I've sat and waited through two hurricanes. Our neighborhood luckily never got seriously damaged except the occasionally fallen trees but once you get out of the neighborhood after the storm hit, the streets are flooded. I would remember asking my dad if we still have a raft for me to raft around my campus because that place was somewhat dipped low so there was a pool or a "river" around half of it.
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That must have been terrifying...but exhilarating at the same time.
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SoiDisantVirtu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
All I could picture through reading this was a horrified mother with white knuckles on the steering wheel and you bouncing around like the Tazmanian Devil yelling for a camera, every now and then gluing your face to the windshield all ( ) O 3O ( )
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Whoa, that sounds like it would have been pretty awesome.
Fortunately, it's almost impossible for tornadoes to form where I live (mountains), but we do get a lot of dust devils, and sometimes dust storms. And then in the summer we have a sort of monsoon that my mom says is a bit like a hurricane.
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ChRiStIaN4LiFe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
What an exciting life you lead! I love storm chasers myself, but I hate storms! They're one of my phobias, especially tornados... D:
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PoisonedrosePuppet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
That sounds way exciting, and I love your expression compared to your mom's :XD: I'd probably be under the seat while trying to take a picture, lol.

There was a twister that touched down in Utah once, and that place is covered in mountains, so no worries about the strangeness XD
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Indigovation Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Tornadoes are exciting! I use to live in "Dixie Alley" a.k.a. Tornado Alley. I see them all the time! People think I'm crazy because I enjoy storms like that, even when they scare the living shit our of me. But, maybe I am...
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Dragonetgirl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student General Artist
the only thing i can remember thats similar was a typhoon? in cyprus and that was way out at sea when i was maby 4 or so. but summer storms in greece are pretty nasty they can kick up in less than 10 minuets and be over just as fast. and flood a house if the door or window is left open
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lilliy22 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
so you were scared shitless and epicly hyper the same time?
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DapperRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Lucky you! /for seeing and living through it/

Sadly We dont get much storms around here l:

Only terrible winds since we pretty much live in a valley, which is not exciting at the least xD and VERY cold.
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ellehcore Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no offence but after my 3 months in Malaysia I hate the use of La
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL none taken, truly understand your annoyance on the usage of "lah" in this country.
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failed-attempts Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
The closest I ever got to seeing a tornado was a medium-sized twister out in a cow pasture in Oklahoma, but they're famous for twisters out there (Wizard of Oz lol) so that doesn't really count.

I've always been afraid of bad weather. Put a rat down my shirt, tie a boa around my neck, lock me in a room with clowns, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T TURN ON THE CIVIL DEFENSE SIRENS.
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Mocha-Chii Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You always have good experiances to share! XD
I've never seen a tornado in real life, but it seems like it would be exciting!
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
as long it doesn't destroy homes and human lives.
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Mocha-Chii Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that too. In a distance far away from civilization, I would like to see one. XD
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666devilfabricater Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i remneber watching a full grown tornado from my house back in florida,like "just passing trough homies" LOL
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL that'll be funny if it did speak.
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DroseAttack Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
That.was....awesome.

I would have been SO SCARED if that where me! i mean, ducking my head down in fetal position, scared!
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CreamyNutella Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Malaysian twister is pretty strange but cool!
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Wolfs-Raine93 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
hhah seems like you had a lot of fun XDDD unlike me i'd shit the bed in fear o-o I had strong winds >A> and thunder e_e
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VandIChe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
That's pretty awesome. I really like hearing all of your stories! You should make a little book or something. I would read it. :meow:
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bored-beyond-belief Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"OH WOW! WHERE'S THE CAMERA?"

I lol'd

I live in Florida, so I personally wouldn't want to be in a tornado. There aren't a lot of basements or underground structures to take shelter in, so being in a tornado would not end well ^^; However, I do enjoy watching Stormchasers and anything else that involves natural diasters :)
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BTrinidad Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Thats a pretty cool story! Too bad you didn't have a camera to record it!
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SDBZDB Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
funny we just learned the meaning of debris. falling objects right?
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coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
Awesome!!
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abasss Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Cool story, but you're hoping it happens again?? Not cool.
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Kyragirl67 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
LOL I was laughing the whole time I was reading this it's always fun to read someone asking for a camera when their excited IDK why XD
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CsNsAi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
You are full of stories, bro xD
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And they are all true! Honest and swear to God. XD
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CsNsAi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
I also have some... but... nah, they DO are funny xD
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ShiNoHana Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
That's cool.8D I've had a small tornado brush past our car once.
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