I think I can speak for all of us here in the U.S. south and mid-west when I say we’re soooo over this seemingly never-ending storm and tornado season.
I watched CNN with rapt attention yesterday afternoon as the storms made their way through north Texas and into Oklahoma, and was horrified at the funnel clouds dropping left and right.
After the entirely tragic E5 storm that devastated Joplin, Missouri, Sunday, I, like so many, was concerned we would see more of the same through Oklahoma. It was still bad there, of course, but fortunately not quite that bad.
In the Dallas area, several tornadoes touched down in the metroplex as well, and a couple of funnels dropped but didn’t stick around, near my hometown of Denton.
The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang cites the fact there have been approximiately 1,000 tornadoes this season, nearly 500 perished (with Joplin being the most deadly tornado since 1950 with 122 people dead).
Even worse, technology doesn’t seem to be faring well in terms of prediction. As Andrew Freedman writes, “this tornado season has obliterated the notion that massive investment in a national severe weather forecasting infrastructure and early-warning network ensures a low tornado death toll.”
There’s likely no silver bullet that will entirely prevent such tragedies, but I like Capital Weather’s suggestion: Follow @capitalweather (or your local Twitter weather-related ID) for breaking weather alerts.
Between that and the civil warning sirens going off, that would be enough to send me running for cover, especially in this insane storm season.
Finally, if you missed the other breaking news today, CNBC anchor and co-host of “Squawk Box” Mark Haines died unexpectedly overnight at his home.
This is truly sad news, as he was a welcome host in mine and so many millions of homes trying to stay abreast of breaking business news.
Thoughts, prayers, and good wishes to the entire CNBC family. It can’t be an easy day for them to be on the air.
They’ve set up a web page for Mark Haines remembrances here.