CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JUNE 10, 2010
From this Chair…
By Cloann McNall
A couple of weeks ago when there were tornadoes in Kansas Wally Schmidt
came in the office on a Wednesday afternoon to buy a paper and asked “Well,
Cloann are you glad you’re not in
Yes I am glad I am not in
I lived there for the first
14 years of my life and saw first hand the devastation of tornadoes that would
roar across the western plains of
I recall one Sunday afternoon a tornado
struck, just a few miles from Goodland, in the tiny town of
Before a tornado strikes the sky becomes dark and the stillness casts an eerie feeling in the air. The temperature is cold in an icy sort of way and then down comes the tail of the tornado cloud, touching the ground, twisting it’s way along the ground destroying everything in its path.
Following the tornado this particular Sunday afternoon Dad took us to Kanorado, what was left of it, and what an unbelievable sight for a young girl whose name wasn’t even Dorothy!
All that was left of one of the houses struck by the tornado was the foundation and the floor with a toilet base standing alone in all its glory.
There were chicken feathers stuck straight on in the trees like darts in a dart board. Everything was chaos. Debris all over. The sun came out but it was freezing cold for a summer day.
Another time I recall being out for a Sunday afternoon drive with the family when Dad spotted a tornado cloud in the sky and we rushed to a farm house where the owners let us join them in the tornado cellar.
We had a tornado cellar at our house in Goodland. A hole in the ground, under the house, with a wooden door built flat to the ground.
Having experienced tornadoes
We were the first car up the road by the mountain when it reopened to tourists. Stepping outside the car I was struck by the absolute silence in the air. No sounds whatsoever. Just silence. Same as the air before the tornadoes, the silence was deafening.
Wally said he and his wife,
Iris were traveling in their RV in eastern
Smart folks! Mother Nature has a way of ruling the earth...not Al Gore.