|Quote, headline, and photo from Sioux City “Journal”|
|Des Moines Register photo by Justin Hayworth|
In Warnings and at some of my in-person presentations (including tomorrow’s at the Kansas Cosmosphere), I talk about the “Miracle at Greensburg” — how weather science saved more than 230 lives that horrible Friday evening in 2007.
Last night, we had the “Miracle at Mapleton” when a tornado destroyed most of the town of 1,200 without a single death or serious injury! The Des Moines Register picks up the story…
This is the type of storm that used to kill dozens. Now, the lack of deaths is just a sidenote in the news coverage. But, that “adequate time” and “20 minutes notice” are not coincidences — they are the result of a sixty year journey of hard work and good science by the meteorological profession.
I want to take a moment to celebrate the work yesterday of the National Weather Service in Omaha that issued the warnings, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman that issued the tornado watch, and the storm chasers and spotters that reported the exact position of the storm and then helped in the rescue effort.
The fascinating unknown story about how we “tamed” the weather is the one I tell in Warnings. With tornado season in full swing (more expected later today!), it might be a good time to pick up a copy.
NOTE: Bumped due to severe weather coverage.