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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 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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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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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 Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That must have been terrifying...but exhilarating at the same time.
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SoiDisantVirtu 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 Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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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 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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Forget-The-Name Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital 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 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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