This weekend’s horrific attack of twisters and tornados across much of theMidwest and the South this weekend are yet another deadly reminder if not hint to those still in doubt, that something is up with the weather.
On Friday, storms touched down in at least 12 states, including Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois, killing at this point what is estimated to be about forty people, including the “lost miracle” baby found after the storm who died subsequently.
According to the National Weather Service, the four twisters that had hit Kentucky in about a quarter of a century. In Indiana, an EF-4 tornado (5 being the worst on the tornado Fujita scale that measures force) swept through the state at a whopping 175 hour winds and stayed ground born for more than fifty miles.
Experts are already predicting a year on par with last, one of the worst in history, for this type of extreme weather event, which are only going to increase as the impact of global warming intensifies.
We just hope what we and others are doing to reverse the trend will actually have the time and chance to even address the problem. Some climate scientists are even starting to worry publicly that it is too late.
We hope not.
Charlotte: Better look out. There’s one of these if not more coming our way soon. We’ve been far too lucky for far too long.
We hope the climate change doubters and deniers out there sit up for a moment, and even if they don’t pay attention, just watch the freaking weather report once in a while.
- Clean Up Continues After Week Of Deadly Tornadoes Across Nation (fox2now.com)
- Tornadoes, Extreme Weather And Climate Change, Revisited (thinkprogress.org)
- Toddler Found In Indiana Field After Tornado Dies From Injuries (fox2now.com)
- Stories of Survival Emerge From Tornado Victims (abcnews.go.com)
- How Tornado Survivors Made It Through The Storm (huffingtonpost.com)
- US tornadoes: Tornado outbreak one of largest ever recorded in March (telegraph.co.uk)
- Stories of survival emerge from tornado victims (mercurynews.com)
- Stories of survival emerge from tornado victims (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Weather service confirms EF4 tornado in Indiana (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Midwest Storms 2012: 34 Dead as Tornadoes Rip Through Indiana, Midwest States [Video] (inquisitr.com)