23 May '11, 7pm

NBC’s Al Roker: Climate change bringing tornadoes to urban areas Not remotely supported by science

On average, tornado deaths in the United States have gone from 8 per 1 million people in 1925 to 0.11 per 1 million people today – a trend largely attributed to early-warning systems fed by advanced meteorology and the introduction of Doppler radar. Yet the stunning death tolls from tornadoes this spring raise new questions about government subsidies for storm shelters, the psychology of warning response, the possibility of limited tornado evacuations, and the argument that tornado warning and response should be considered a national security issue. “As big as these events have been, people are putting politics aside and asking questions they weren’t willing to ask a year ago,” says Kevin Simmons, an economist at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, who has studied tornado casualty tolls. “After the Oklahoma City tornado in 1999, we were horrified by 36 people dying. We’re no...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/more-trauma-...

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