Recent summer storms have brought in plenty of excitement and reminded me of a late night road trip I took a few years ago through a part of Illinois that I'd never been to before. As the sky got dark, green and ominous looking I got a little nervous and flipped on the radio. The announcer quickly confirmed my worst fears when I heard. "A Tornado warning has been issued for Weston, Parker, Lincoln, Benton, and Hines counties. Seek shelter immediately." It was at that moment that I realized, I had NO IDEA WHAT COUNTY I WAS IN! You never see counties on maps or even road signs, (well even if you do I didn't see it that night.) Whose idea is it to scare miserable travelers out of their minds? I had two choices, keep driving looking for a funnel cloud around every bend. Or I could hide in a ditch when a twister was three counties away.
Obviously I'm here, so I didn't run into Glinda, Toto, or any of the Lollipop Guild. But still, I have to say it seems like someone could come up with a smarter way to warn unsuspecting travelers.