Another Disastrous Week in Weather

Tornadoes and flooding wreak havoc on the heart of the country in record numbers

Tornadoes and flooding have wreaked havoc on the country’s heartland for over two weeks now, producing record-breaking numbers and perilous conditions, often with disastrous consequences, for residents. To donate to those affected, click here for a portal to the American Red Cross and other disaster relief funds.

Everywhere within range of the Mississippi River’s floodplain from Texas to Minnesota, has been hammered by rain since mid-May. This has produced flooding not seen in many areas since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. It has also coincided with reckless and unpredictable tornado pockets—more than 200 total in the Midwest since May 16—that have ravaged homes and businesses in every state in between. Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Illinois, and the aforementioned Texas and Minnesota have all reported record rainfall and flooding this month. Deadly tornadoes have also torn apart areas of Nebraska and Ohio.

In 2019, it hasn’t only been the Midwest region struck by tornadoes, either. Parts of the south like Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia have been heavily hit, too. Fort Smith, Arkansas, home of ABB Motors and Mechanical (formerly Baldor) saw severe flooding. Dayton, Ohio’s metropolitan area was ripped by a series of tornadoes. These events have not only contributed to the record numbers many states are seeing, but has led to intensified discussion as to what the underlying causes of extreme weather events might be. While some are chalking these events up to the effects of climate change, others contend that this has happened before throughout history—such as the aforementioned 1927 flood, and, when it comes to tornadoes, years like 1973 and 2011—and that what we’re seeing in 2019 is merely a spike. The chart below, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly the National Climatic Data Center), shows annual tornado quotas in the United States from 1954-2014. Notice that the highest of any years number somewhere in the high 800s. With that as a benchmark, 200 in two weeks is certainly a drastic spike.

Regardless of who’s right, the numbers are damning and the effects are damaging. Once again, a reminder that you can help if you have family or loved ones in the areas affected, or just feel compelled, by donating to a charity of your choice by clicking here. Please remember to donate with discrepancy, and make sure you trust where your donation is going.

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