I've never lived through any significant weather events in my life.

I've never been through a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake, and I'm glad about that because I'm so uninterested.

It's not like there's much choice because those things tend to happen, and you're not given much choice.

I lived in Kansas, right off Tornado Alley, and never experienced anything close.


Last night changed things a bit. Because I'm pretty sure I lived through a very mini tornado.

I Googled that this morning. I wanted to see if there is such a thing as a "mini tornado," and to my chagrin, that is not a thing.


Having heard of "microbursts" being thrown around a time or two when describing weather events, I checked to see if that happened in my neighborhood.

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While the National Weather Service or any other local meteorologist has not mentioned what happened last night, I think I lived through a microburst.


Accuweather says microbursts are small columns of intense and localized sinking air that "results in a violent rush of air at the ground...capable of producing damaging straight-line winds of more than 100 mph that are similar to that in some tornadoes, but without the tornado's rotation."



Here's what happened: Around 8:45, a massive gust of wind blasted a roof shingle through the front window of my house. It was moving quickly because glass shattered everywhere.

After cleaning up and card-boarding the window, the weather finally died. I had a chance to see the outside of the house and noticed even more damage. Something massive flew into the roof of my place, wrecking gutters and siding and breaking another window.

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This was just my place; neighbors lost front porch columns, trampolines, tree houses, and whole pools, not to mention the guy whose roofing shingles were littered all over the street.

Insurance carriers will be busy today in the Byron area. I'm glad everyone is OK, but I'm still wondering what happened in my neighborhood last night.

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