Moving to Wichita Falls a few months ago, I was greeted with cold weather and dreary skies that lasted into March. A few weeks ago, I was greeted with a few nasty thunderstorms that produced a lot of hail that was bouncing off our windows in our apartment. Yes indeed, the weather is interesting here, but of course the most worrisome things here are the notorious tornadoes that dance across the southern plains mostly during the springtime. Wichita Falls is no stranger to these events. The city suffered great damage in April 1964 tornado where seven people were killed. Of course, while not as powerful as the 1964 tornado, the monster that struck Wichita Falls in 1979 killed 42 people and destroyed hundred of millions of dollars in property.
Life is full of risks in any area of the world. Earthquakes, hurricanes and blizzards occur world wide, but the tornado seems to be the most frightening of all events. We take our lives for granted every day and we must thank God for His provision and protection. It is my hope that my stay here in North Texas will be a blessed one for many years to come.