Tornadoes continue to ravage the land with at least 120 popping up over the weekend. Skeptics attribute the increase in tornadoes to better technology with which to track them. However, in spite of the fact that there have been advances in our ability to track storms, so have there been parallel increases in our ability to warn people of the impending doom when these ferocious storms crop up. Yet, 550 people lost their lives in the United States alone, in 2011, compared to 554 people in the previous ten years combined. 1706 confirmed tornadoes cause a confirmed 9.5 billion in damage by July 31, 2011 (see Wikipedia). The city of Joplin, MO suffered a loss of nearly 7000 houses, most of which were completely flattened and destroyed with damage across the landscape as far as the eye can see.
No, those who wish to cling to the delusion that things are just the same as they have always been are dabbling in willful ignorance. Joplin is just one of several cities severely damaged by these storms. There were cities in Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi that suffered major destruction as well. And here we are barely into the second quarter of 2012 and we’re already seeing an abundance of these storms.