Amos Magliocco lives in Denton, Texas, where he taught creative writing at the University of North Texas. His fiction has appeared in Oxford Magazine, Iron Horse Review and Southwestern AmericanLiterature. His weather-related nonfiction has appeared in weather.com and New Dehli’s India Today, among others. He holds an MFA from Indiana University and is currently revising his first novel, Remedy Wheel. The late Eric Nguyen’s work can be seen at www.mesoscale.ws, and his book of storm photography, Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers, is forthcoming from Thames and Hudson in April 2008.
Mar 01 2008
Put on the Petty
After Eric and I survived an F2 tornado in Tulia, Texas, I thought we’d live forever. We rode out the tornado in a high-profile SUV-precisely the wrong kind of shelter-and after we’d crashed into a brick wall and ducked under a one-hundredtwenty-knot jet that screamed through the blown-out windows, it seemed as if the Angel of Death had roared, in a breath choked with debris, and then fled, leaving us alone and lucky.