The last decade has proven to be quite interesting to those who follow weather patterns. Even more so to conspiracy theorists who believe that the end of the world is just around the corner. Regardless of where you stand, there’s no arguing the raised intensity of storms that have pushed through the Midwest and South over the past several years. Perfect storms, if you will–above average gulf temperatures combining with cold front blasts.
Around midnight PST, I was wrapping some work and hopped over to Facebook to drop a line. Considering that the majority of my Facebook friend-base consists of old buddies from my childhood in Missouri, the status updates were quite unnerving. It was obvious that Branson, as well as other towns and cities, were being subjected to a super cell that was spawning multiple tornadoes. The popular tourist destination of Branson, MO, experienced tremendous damage to many of its theaters, hotels and businesses.
The storms pushed through Oklahoma late Tuesday night, and into Kansas and Missouri around midnight – 2 a.m. local time. It even presented tornado warnings in Kentucky, before leaving a few funnels behind in Illinois at dawn. The town of Harveyville, Kansas, is reporting an approximate 60 percent loss…as in 60 percent of everything.
If you’ve never experienced a tornado, it is quite possibly the most terrifying, adrenalin inducing phenomena in the world. It was less than a year ago that tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and completely decimated the city of Joplin, MO. It could be another very violent spring in tornado alley.