They are in my prayers

America’s tornado victims, that is, are in my prayers.  I cannot even imagine the devastation.  The death toll — almost 297 last I looked — is 297 too high, but I’m actually amazed that it wasn’t higher, given the number of tornados and the havoc they wreaked.

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    I was listening to the radio between errands today and the station ..Yes, that one (NPR) was interviewing a meteorologist. Towards the end of the discussion and noting the death and destruction …wait for it, and because it’s NPR and if you don’t ask ‘the’ question, it just wouldn’t be a NPR/PC/BS enough.
    Interviewer: “So tell me, how much is climate change affecting the tornadoes?” They seem to be getting worse.”
    Meteorologist: There is no connection.  He then went on to explain why.
    You could have heard a pin drop along with a gasp coming from the interviewer. Stymied, the interview ended.

    WASHINGTON — US meteorologists warned Thursday it would be a mistake to blame climate change for a seeming increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms that have ripped through the US south.
    “If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is increasing significantly, but it’s agreed upon by the tornado community that it’s not a real increase,” said Grady Dixon, assistant professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University.
    “It’s having to do with better (weather tracking) technology, more population, the fact that the population is better educated and more aware. So we’re seeing them more often,” Dixon said.
    But he said it would be “a terrible mistake” to relate the up-tick to climate change.


  • Marica

    Thanks for your concern, BW. I’m afraid things will not be good down here for quite some time. I’ve just read that the casinos in Tunica will close (for up to three weeks?) because of the threat of flooding. Not good for the economy in Tunica, plus no gambling receipts for Mississippi. Still lots of folks without power. Where I live the gas stations were out of gas– makes running a gas generator difficult. All kinds of ripple effects that no one except locals note. Anything your readers could do to help would be much appreciated.

  • Earl

    One of my colleagues from Southern Adventist University, near Chattanooga, lost his home…but everyone got away safely.
    I remember when we moved there in 2004, we saw wreckage from a tornado that had gone through earlier in the year – we saw nothing in five years, though.

  • Oldflyer

    After nature unleashes in your neighborhood, you will never be feel quite the same.  In 1961 a tornado went through our neighborhood, and ended up killing  19 in our small town.  Fifty years later my wife becomes very nervous when the dark clouds roll; well, me too.
    We were under tornado watch off and on for two days here in Virginia.  Went to the basement twice.  It is good to have a safe haven.
    Our daughter lost her home to a S. California mud deluge last  December.  She is safe, but the loss is traumatic just the same.  The feeling of helplessness is profound.
    Watching some of the videos of the Tsunami was nearly overwhelming.  I found myself talking to some of the people shown running to higher ground, and urging them to hurry.
    I know that the folks who were in the path of this latest destruction need our prayers; as do all who find themselves faced with  forces we can barely comprehend.