Originally Posted by theresa p
sure hope all forum members living in the midwest states were unscathed by the huge tornadoes yesterday. this has been an incredible year for weather!!
We certainly hope everyone is safe and sound. The reality is, as incredible as a tornado can be, the frequency of the big ones (F3-F5 tornados) has been decreasing for some time. If we add Hurricanes to the record, a hurricane has not made landfall in the USA for over 1000 days, the longest period since the American Civil War.
We do see more tornados and hurricanes than we used to see, particularly small ones because we have more tools to see them. For example, hurricanes that only last a day are added to the list of hurricanes that would have never been seen in the past, similarly with small tornados.
For those interested in the history of weather, the real weather catastrophies thru history, the following web site provides amazing information. I must tell you it is a long document and that it takes a while to download but it really provides perspective on weather for those of us who have not lived 2000 years.
Certainly tornados are the most serious short term weather events, unfortunately there can be longer events, like the relatively recent Little Ice Age, that can cause much greater pain to a larger population.
Thankful for all that are safe and quick recovery for those that are not,