A natural force is a power brought on by nature. Natural forces, unlike those of other powers, are uncontrollable. When a hurricane passes along the coast, a bolt of lightning strikes a rooftop, and a volcano erupts, these are all examples of natural forces. Natural forces can have devastating effects on wildlife, humans, and the earth itself. Our effects to resist these occurrences, our only way to cope with such devastating forces of nature are to observe, learn, and prepare ourselves for the worst. I believe that almost everyone has had at least one experience with natural forces. My experience of a tremendous force of nature occurred when my mother and I were in a car and all of a sudden a twister passed through the town.
Towards the end of 1989, my family and I were on vacation in Fort Myers, Florida. We drove from Trenton, New Jersey all the way to Florida where my grandfather lived. It was a long trip to undergo, especially being six years old and knowing that my father never stopped the car. By the time we arrived at Fort Myers, it was a beautiful sunny day. The wind was gusting enough to pull my hair back, and I was admiring the palm trees, coconuts, and lizards near the Gulf of Mexico. The first few days were nice, but little did I know that I would soon be caught in the middle of a twister.
I can clearly remember being in the car on a humid day with a little overcast. We were driving in the car when all of a sudden the wind started to pick up and it started raining a bit. Within five minutes, the weather progressed and there was so much wind blowing around the car that we could no longer hear the radio. I can remember when I saw a stop sign spinning in circles like a merry-go-round with electrical problems. I do not remember how my mother got us home so quickly and where we were because all around us was a thick gray fog. However, all I can recall from that point on was sitting with my head in my lap in the back seat of the car. I never witnessed the true power of nature until this incident.
There was definitely a lesson to be learned from my experience that day in the car. Not only was I scared to go in the car for a while, but I did not even leave the house for about two days. The thing that really sparked my imagination most was how the weather changed so quickly. I can not remember how my mom had handled herself after the incident, but I know she must have talked about it numerous times and feared driving for a while.
After I encountered this exhilarating experience, I decided to go to the library and scrounge up some research about how this immense twister developed and ripped down Fort Myers, Florida. I learned the scientific theory of how a twister occurs. A twister betides when atmosphere pressures change at an altitude no more then 6000 feet. Thus, a twister will then develop starting at the zenith or another term used is the eye of the twister, then slowly increasing down to the ground the funnel will than be created.
When I look back on this natural force, I realize there is good that follows beside this momentous occasion. The coming vacation, I will be smart about it by do this I know to watch the news to insure myself that I will not encounter another twister.
In conclusion, I have learned that natural forces destroy earth in many ways, and there is nothing that we can do to prevent these occurrences from happening. I believe that once a person has witnessed a natural force, their lives are usually different from then on. I know that I will never forget this one.