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Tornadoes kill hundreds in southeast U.S. April 28, 2011

Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing hundreds in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, and officials said Thursday they expected the death toll to rise. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the regions into Wednesday night.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 11 months ago

The loss of life is sad of course, but tornadoes are awesome.


Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 11 months ago

It's so easy to think, "Well, it's over there, and it does not affect me, since I don't know anyone that lives there."

But for the people who are living through this nighmare, it will never, ever be over, even after it is no longer "news". We need to be thinking about them, instead of simply being glad it didn't happen here.

Because one day, it may very well happen to us!


cj123 2 years, 11 months ago

My uncle and aunt live in Cullman. They said their electricity will be out for 7-10 days and they will run out of water in about a day. Said a most of Alabama has no electricty.


jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

Back when I was young, we had these great big sheets of ice coming down from the north, they went half-way down the continent. Man it was cold back then. Nowadays, you call those days the ice ages. Anyway, we were sitting around a campfire one day when we figured that if we multiplied a billion fold and we all lit campfires, maybe these sheets of ice would go back to where they were in the days of our ancestors. Worked pretty good. Too good. Maybe it's time to cut back on all that multiplying and let some of that ice come back. Seriously, these tornados with the loss of life and destruction of property is very sad. Global warming it's not.


RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

So . . . only what, four comments so far that even remotely show concern for the reported HUNDREDS of deaths this article mentions in the headline? Another great reason to love Lawrence. From a distance.


Olympics 2 years, 11 months ago

Why does God hate Alabama, the most conservative state in the USA? I await Pat Robertson's sagely words on the subject.


Ken Lassman 2 years, 11 months ago

Very intense, with all of the suffering, destruction and power of the storms. Consider giving to the Red Cross today, and help out in any way that you can.

As a total aside, individual storm outbreaks like we've seen this spring are weather events, not climate trends, so both ksfbcoach and bozo are correct on this not being attributable to climate change of either the warming or cooling variety. Increased severity of weather events, whether it be hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, blizzards and the like are predicted to increase in frequency as part of the climate trending, but individual weather episodes are by definition not attributable directly to a climate trend.

In the meantime, it's time to be in awe of the display of human heroism, of strange quirks of fate, of a reminder of what is truly important, and how we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.


Cait McKnelly 2 years, 11 months ago

My 76 yo mother in law lives in Tiftonia, TN, a suburb of Chattanooga. There are a tremendous number of mountains that surround the city and the MIL lives in a part called Lookout Valley. There were actually three storms that rolled through there yesterday, one right after the other. The first one spawned a tornado that caused extensive damage in and knocked out power to the entire valley. I was on the phone with the MIL at least 6 times when I finally convinced her to go to a hotel for safety. She called me after she got to the hotel and told me that she was stopped by emergency personnel three times driving up the valley because of downed power lines and trees blocking the road.


parrothead8 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't let this devolve into an argument about science or politics. At times like these, our humanity should render our politics moot. When I talked to my parents last night while they were huddled in their bathroom hoping tornadoes wouldn't hit their house in Tennessee, none of us cared about politics or why the tornadoes formed. I just wanted them to be okay.


MacHeath 2 years, 11 months ago

This event was no more the result of climate change, then it was fodder for "the end-of-days" fanatics. Using a tragedy such as this, to promote any ideal is just plain wrong.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

This wasn't "caused" by global warming/climate change. The climatic conditions that create such storms in N. America have existed for millennia.

But what almost certainly is true is that global warming/climate change will mean that that such storms will become more frequent and more severe. And just to make it extra fun, in many areas they'll be interspersed with longer periods of drought and extreme heat waves.

Talk about boom and bust cycles (and leaving an unpayable debt to future generations.)


The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

"That is nut, singular.(rduhrich)"

As of now. Just wait.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

It's never too early for the weasel-grabbers to start trying to score political points from a tragedy.


Timothy Eugene 2 years, 11 months ago

Tornados need COLD fronts to spawn, a clash of warm and cold fronts. It has been a very COOL and cold Spring, thus more tornados as the weather tries to warm. The following is from a weather website:

What causes tornadoes? Tornadoes form in unusually violent thunderstorms when there is sufficient (1) instability and (2) wind shear present in the lower atmosphere.

Instability refers to unusually warm and humid conditions in the lower atmosphere, and possibly COOLER THAN USUAL conditions in the upper atmosphere.

This kind of wind shear and instability usually exists only ahead of a cold front and low pressure system.

No global warming here, ya nuts.


The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

"This unprecedented episode of violent and extreme weather is a product of climate change. Do you believe in man-made global warming now?"

Was there climage change in 1974?


Randall Uhrich 2 years, 11 months ago

This unprecedented episode of violent and extreme weather is a product of climate change. Do you believe in man-made global warming now?


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