Two striking features stand out about the tornadic tragedy that
swept through central Illinois and other state locations yesterday,
(1) Amid the horrific damage around our state, only six are
confirmed dead. (I pray there aren't any further finds; these are
(2) Weathermen repeatedly reminded us that these kinds of
storms are rare in November.
Lives were saved because many heeded the forecasts and
took cover when sirens went off--good job, no kidding.
--Will the unlikely become a sort of new normal? --Is this a
consequence of global warming? --Is there a way to accurately
ascertain likely future scenarious since our NOAA satellites
go blind in a few months?
We can't help but stay tuned and informed. These deadly
dances of wind-whirling dervishes are devilish, deadly art,
photo portraits of which are as close as anyone wants to be.