Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you know that Texas got it’s ass handed to it by Mother Nature the other day.  I kid you not, semi trailers were tossed through the air like Lego blocks. The crazy and amazing thing is that nobody died.

Obviously, tornado season is upon us, and earlier than usual, thanks to the crazy Jet Stream configuration. Just the other day, I had 80 degree weather, followed by a frost warning last night.  I’m just glad that I haven’t put anything into the garden yet. I actually brought some herb pots inside, just in case.
If you don’t already have one, now is a perfect time to get a NOAA Weather radio on hand. These can be purchased at Radio Shack, through Amazon.com, or through any number of disaster/emergency supply vendors on the Web.  I actually have three different types of weather radio in my house, and at different locations.
Looking back just a few years, the warning that we could get for an incoming tornado was, frankly, crap.  However, these days, with Doppler radar and advanced weather modeling computers, the warnings often come as much as 15 minutes before the tornado hits. That extra time means more lives saved.
Even if you don’t have a weather radio (and they’re cheaper than a week’s worth of Starbuck’s coffee, which can’t save your life), you might be able to find an unofficial audio stream at at Weather Underground

You need to upgrade your Flash Player.I really can’t stress enough the value of early warning. It’s literally a matter of life and death.