Columbus Ohio real estate

Weather is local

Duh!  Of course it is. I blogged about local weather and Active Rain on my Columbus Best Blog today**  We get more rain than Seattle (according to an Ohio Blog) but Seattle's welcome to keep the 'Rain City' title as far as I am concerned. 

TornadoColumbus Ohio was tied with Tulsa Oklahoma and Oklahoma City **for the 9th most dangerous city as far as natural disasters. Recently Leanne Paynter of  Florida Real Estate Blog** stated her preference for hurricanes over earthquakes or tornadoes.

I prefer tornadoes. Maybe it is a midwestern thing.  Comfortable with your own surroundings? You can tell this is a midwestern tornado rather than an New York City tornado*....  because of the tractor and cow....


What's your preference?

A. Earthquake

B. Hurricane

C. Tornado

I have never been in either a big earthquake (we have had little earthquakes in Ohio)  or a hurricane but from what I've seen on TV I am glad we just have tornadoes.  I am even more glad that I have never been close to a tornado. 

I have worked with buyers from out of state who are very concerned about tornadoes.

*were there tornadoes in NYC last week or was it just a tornado watch?

** this is an old, old post.  Written in 2006.  I was trying to update it and it re-published with today's date...  there were no tornadoes in NYC last week... this was 5 years ago. The old links were all broken.   I don't use animated gifs anymore... well maybe I would drag this one out... you gotta love a flying cow.   There was an earthquake in Virginia last week that some felt in Central Ohio.  We have had pretty good weather mostly in 2011...  knock on wood. 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsMaureen McCabe • August 27 2011 08:19AM


Maureen: I've been close to hurricane and tornado damage and have survived two major California earthquakes. If I had to be in the epicenter of any, the choice between a hurricane and earthquake would be a tough one. Tornado devastation is probably the most complete. All such calamities remind me of Sophia Loren's admonishment:

Never cry over something that can't cry over you.

Dishes, crystal and breakables can be swept up and replaced.


Posted by Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes (San Diego Previews Real Estate) about 13 years ago

I pick B since we're unlikely to get them up here...but I've been through two Hurricanes.   And, been through a number of Earthquakes.  Never been anywhere near to a tornado and don't want to be.  Course, there is one other system we can get up here...a tsunami.  The Northwest is at risk for a tsunami from a massive earthquake (think Indonesia).  

Hawaii claims the wettest spot on Earth at Mount Waialeale.  Though it doesn't receive the most volume (inches), they claim it rains 350 days per year. 

Posted by Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Specialist (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) about 13 years ago

I think if I had to choose between a tornado and an earthquake, the tornado would be easier to find shelter from.

Earthquakes are devestating and I've read lots of stories about deaths from collapsing shelters, doesn't seem to happen that much with tornadoes.

Thankfully we don't much of either one in East Tennessee.

We do have a plentiful supply of this comment's fruit reply, Persimmons. Possums love them. 

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 13 years ago

I watched a tornado one day from outside my old office.  It was not a really cool funnel-like tornado, it was square.  Because of this I didn't even know what I was looking at!  If I did I probably would not have stood there, gawking!  I would have gotten my camera to record the event.

We don't get hurricanes here, nor have we had any earthquakes, lately.  The last one caused the Dakota Hogback a few million years ago.

I guess I would have to opt for a tornado, at least you can see them coming and dig a hole.  Earthquakes scare the daylights out of me.  I still remember that one in San Francisco where we watched the victims being rescued on the broken bridge.

Hurricanes, well I just don't understand why people keep building in their path.  It's like the Mississippi river folk who get flooded out only to go back and build in the same place. Duh!

I like high ground, the higher the better. I don't like no stickin' floods!

Excuse me, I must go eat a Pear now.  Has anyone beside me misspelled these silly words?  You lose your comments and worse yet it tells you, you FAILED the  human test! 

If I'm not human, what am I?  Do I get to pick?

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) about 13 years ago

Our tornado sirens are going off now.  We have a tornado  warning for about another 17 minutes. I sure did not know Central Ohio was going to have tornadoes today when I posted this.  We really don't have many tornadoes. I think our dangerous city tie with Oklahoma City and Tulsa has to do with the hail storms we have had.  Hail causes a lot of property damage but it is not like a tornado, hurricane or earthquake.  

I hear the rumble of a train but there is a whistle too.   

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 13 years ago

I have a choice?

I'll take my good old tornadoes. Actually, since we moved out to the Naperville area in 1975, there has been a decrease in the number of tornadoes in the area.

I believe that tornadoes really like open fields and what will all the thousands of new homes built in the past 25 years, there just aren't many open fields.

(I'm a limey)


Posted by Eileen Landau, ABR, CRS, e-PRO (BAIRD & WARNER, NAPERVILLE) about 13 years ago
Love your pic. I must disagree...I'll take an earthquake anyday over a tornado. I think first of all because of the fact that people are warned ahead of time with great tripidation that a tornado is coming...I would have a heart attack in anticipation. But with an earthquake there is no warning and if it happens to be under 5 ...then you really don't feel much anyway.  Best not to know on things my opinion.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 13 years ago


Eileen in Illinois wrote:

I have a choice?

I'll take my good old tornadoes

Gena in CA wrote:

I must disagree...I'll take an earthquake anyday over a tornado.

Of course you have a choice, you choose where to live..

I have not been afraid of tornadoes since I was a child. They are devastating but so local!  Cheryl Teague in SC has a great graphic about disasters and I obviously don't have floods, severe storms, and ice storms in the choices.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 13 years ago