I have been in the news business now for, well, a really long time, and I've never seen a tornado. Some people may think I'm crazy for wanting to see one, but it's been a goal of mine for years. It's not that I'm hoping for a devastating storm to cause damage, I just think it would be amazing to see a tornado as it travels across the open Kansas prairie.
Growing up on the farm in northwest Iowa, we would watch the storms roll in from the west all spring long. My dad, mom, brother, sisters and I would all stand out in the backyard and wait. We wouldn't rush into the basement or hide in a closet when the storms would come... we would just watch and wait in awe of Mother Nature. When I was in fourth grade, a tornado hit my grandparent's farm, taking out all the trees, the machine shed, the barn and all the outbuildings. In the middle of it all stood the house, inside, my grandparents stood at the window and watched it happen, unharmed. Pretty amazing.
Over the years, I've covered the devastation from the Haysville, Hoisington and Greensburg tornadoes. The way the trees, stripped of their leaves and bark stand like ghostly figures, surrounded by leveled homes and businesses still haunts my dreams. I hope I never have to see that again... but I do want to see a twister.