I’m honestly getting a little tired of writing about the tornadoes that are hammering the Midwest. Tired of checking Facebook, texting and making calls to ensure that people are out of danger. For all of you stuck in the middle of this absurdly windy spring, you have our pity and prayers from afar.
From Oklahoma to Minnesota, funnel clouds were out in full force this weekend. Five people have been reported dead from the storm activity. All in all 132 tornadoes were reported on Saturday and Sunday. 122 on Saturday alone.
Sheer madness. Not a lot of easy resting in tornado alley, or even in the states that rarely see the dangerous vortex laden visitors. The Midwest is just now supposedly pushing into what is known as the more dangerous storm season.
Growing up right in the path of the tornado alley, I remember late April, May and early June being the absolute worst for tornado potential. Now, February and March have been added to the mix.
Meteorological science has become quite refined when compared to what it could offer as advance warning only 20 years ago. Sadly, many tornado warnings are ignored by local residents. People are accustomed to them. If you live in one of these areas, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one, or would have even gazed at several from afar. This is the general consensus–an odd level of comfort around something so destructive.
In conversation, I’m often told that these same people are terrified of earthquakes. Having experienced both, I’m not necessarily a fan of either, but I’ll take the quake over the 200+ mph winds that somehow blow and suck at the same time.
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