That's what the weather warning sirens have always been where I live, really. To me, at least. I grew up taking those sirens for granted, because it seemed like nothing ever really happened when they went off.
In these later years, the intensity of our storms has increased exponentially on the electrical front and we've had some very strong "micro-bursts" (thanks for reminding me of that word, Sonnie), but we still haven't really seen a tornado in this city. Not one that could be classified as such. Not for over a hundred years if I recall correctly. And I hope we never do.
Thinking about the families in Oklahoma yesterday and all of those families in Alabama and Missouri not as recently, I'm thankful for those sirens, no matter what they cry.
Does your town have warning sirens in the event of severe weather?
Sometimes when I'm alone, I like to Google myself.