26 May '11, 6pm

Demography, Design, Atom Bombs and Tornado Deaths - NYTimes.com: The role of population shifts in the high death...

How could this happen? Is it climate change or just bad luck? I am not a climate scientist, so I will leave that question for more qualified researchers. But I do have some insight into why this year has been one that we will likely never forget. First, it has been almost 50 years since we have seen an outbreak of this magnitude. And over that time we have come to believe that outbreaks of this size are so rare that we just don’t consider that they could happen in our lifetime. But, 50 years is a blink of an eye to Mother Nature. Our records and oral history only go back a few hundred years at best. The Midwest was not aggressively settled until the latter part of the 19th century so our experience with tornadoes is limited. Secondly, we have increased the population in vulnerable areas dramatically. Land that was once uninhabited is now crammed with subdivisions. When my ...

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