Winter twisters still haunt
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Since: Apr 08
#1 Jan 2, 2009
tornadoes can happen any time of the year; the weather conditions just have to be right. i was taught this back in grade school. i guess people forget, or are no longer taught about weather correctly. perhaps it's just another sad commentary on our school systems, both private and public.
#2 Jan 2, 2009
When I read that story, I couldn't help but notice the different reaction of southern WI citizens vs. those of New Orleans.
Those people affected by the tornado pulled themselves up by their bootstraps in place of:
- critizing the government for lack of advance notification, and
- claiming the government's low relief dollars per capital (vis-a-vis New Orleans funding) was racist.
Stories like this make me proud to be a midwesterner.
#3 Jan 2, 2009
This story is not about our public school system... the article reflects our natural inclination to be compacent in the face of impeding danger.
#4 Jan 2, 2009
Denial. That's the word I was going for.
#5 Jan 2, 2009
Yes, like this is even close to the same thing. One is a category 5 hurricane that flooded a major city, killed 1800 people and destroyed the entire infrastructure for hundreds of miles around. The other is a relatively contained storm that hit a few towns. To even remotely compare them is just proof that you didn't finish high school.
#6 Jan 2, 2009
What good is this stronger sense of community, if the rebuilding does not include adquately tornado-resistant construction? If not, the next time this happens, more natural resources will be wasted to rebuild what did not have to be destroyed. This also wastes insurance money, tax dollars, and private finances. FEMA 320 (your tax dollars at work, but toothless) says this region is in the "high risk zone for extreme winds," and urges a "safe room" in every home. The F3 tornado in the Stoughton, Wisconsin area a few years ago demonstrated that "insulating concrete forms" will stand up to this strength of tornado. This article omits some life-and-death facts about the construction aspect.
#7 Jan 9, 2009
"The surge of warm, humid air combined with a strong updraft of wind that created a jet-stream effect, and the stage was set for one of the Midwest's most destructive winter tornadoes in recorded history."
Has anyone else realized this is meteorological nonsense?
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