People from Pittsburgh love talking about the weather. Probably because there’s nothing else to do. On sunny days, they will talk about how amazing it is outside (keep in mind this only occurs about 30 days per year). On rainy days they will say the city is weeping because of something that happened to one of the local sports teams. When it’s snowing they will run out and take hundreds of pictures and then run back inside to post them on Facebook. It’s a local obsession.
The big topic on Twitter this afternoon is, you guessed it, the weather. Specifically, the big storm that is supposed to be traveling from Cleveland – along with a tornado warning up its sleeve. Yes, a tornado warning. Or is it a watch? It doesn’t really matter because anything weather related is the Burgh’s favorite topic of discussion!
Here is part of the weather conversation from our followers:
tvmichelle – Pittsburgh is under a tornado watch right now until 9PM. Wind advisory til midnight. Mayor activates Severe Storm Plan.
Pam_Wow – What is all this hubbub about a tornado in Pgh?
sarliz88 – so wind gusts of 40-60 and hail is on its way from Cleveland
tagbattle20010 – weather forecast looks bleak.
burghseyewife – Got the dog walked. Bring it on, weather.
TimelyC – The weather is so weird in Pittsburgh right now. I heard that there is a tornado warning issued…..
Melissa_Ott – i haven’t been online for a few hours, come back, and there’s tornado warnings and llama discussions. WTF did i miss???
browneyedbaker – Off to take some photos before I’m swept away in a tornado… Auntie Em!
theebayk1d – I hope these storm aren’t nearly as bad as the ones that hit Ohio, Indiana, and etc.
So, has there ever been a tornado in Pittsburgh?
- Yes. Like the one back in 1998 that injured 50 people and caused about $13 million in damages.
- Or, the one in 2002 that touched down in Kennywood Park and collapsed the roof of the Whip while people were riding it.
Occasionally, in instances of watches and warnings like this one, you will hear some know-it-alls (like students who came to the Burgh solely for the purpose of getting a degree then getting the hell out) say stuff like “oh come off it, Pixburgh doesn’t get tornados.” But, it’s a fact that Pittsburgh does indeed see tornadoes every so often.