Tornado of 1950’s

No Stranger To Severe Weather

The area where the observatory has been built is no stranger to severe weather.  It was struck by a tornado in the 1950s which caused the property to lose almost every structure.  Beau’s great grandfathers house sheltered his mother while the tornado passed over.  The house was turned and twisted on its foundation but survived the extreme winds.

Other extreme weather events included a severe ice storm in 1902 and the 1950s, flood waters backed up all the way to the bottom lands around the farm during the 1937 flood, several earthquakes during the 1970s and 1980s, the blizzards of the late 1970s, the severe wind storms of the early 1980s, and a catastrophic ice storm in 2008 and 2009.

Knowing the history of the area – including a killer F4 tornado that passed within a mile of the property Beau built a tornado shelter with reinforced concrete. Hopefully never to be used.