Scenes like the Joplin, Missouri tornado make us want to believe that something other than Mother Nature is responsible, for our own sanity.

Tornadoes are a fact of life for those living in the Midwest and Southeast.  Every year, citizens are greeted by the familiar warning sirens and breaking news coverage as tornadoes pop up unannounced and unexpected, sometimes wiping out millions of dollars of property, and more importantly, taking lives.  However, the events of last year seemed especially bad, with the terrible events in Alabama in April when over 100 tornadoes were reported on the ground within hours, and the horrific tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, decimating the town.  Now, the last couple of days, the scene has been bitterly familiar.  More epic tornado outbreaks are scouring the nation.  We’re not talking isolated incidents, but mammoth storms travelling in seeming herds, leaving an unthinkable trail of destruction and death in their wake.  F4 and F5 tornadoes, once only found in isolated instances, are breaking out simultaneously.  Naturally, people in conspiracy circles are questioning these events.  People are angry and upset, and with good reason.  They want to know if HAARP or chemtrails, or any other man-made phenomenon is causing the destruction that seems to be an unnatural disaster.

While Common Sense Conspiracy frequently reports on HAARP as possibly having environmental impacts, we do want to make one thing clear.  These tornado outbreaks are epic, tragic, and deeply disturbing.  However, they are not what you would term as unusual.  In those parts of the country that are tornado-prone, this is something that historically happens over and over again.  For example, the tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011 was terrible, destroying huge sections of the town, threatening the University of Alabama, and killing over forty people.  However, if you check the history books, in 1966, an even stronger tornado struck the same region, killing over fifty people, making it even more deadly than the tornado last year.  Many other tornadoes have hit in between, of course, but these are the two that are most comparable in terms of loss of life and damages.

The Joplin, Missouri tornado ravaged the city, leaving 116 people dead in an F5 assault.  One could easily assume that this city received the worst natural disaster ever in its history on that terrible May 2011 day.  Well, in this case, it’s true.  The damage and loss of life on that day in Joplin trumped any recorded disaster in the region previously.  However, in 1971, a tornado struck Joplin and killed 50 people.  The point is, this does happen, and it does happen this bad.  The reality is that, fortunately, it only happens once every forty or fifty years.  Many people affected by these storms have passed away.  Those that might remember vaguely probably only experienced the storm as a newspaper headline.  After all, in those days, news coverage was much different.  Just look back today to see the effect that time has on people.  Few even recall the events of last year if they weren’t directly involved.  Some news headlines even touted the outbreak yesterday as being one of the worst ever.  Checking some facts will show anyone that the outbreak this year was a dwarf compared to last year on April 27.  People’s memories are short and very selective.  Also, the media picks and chooses what it focuses on.  For example, the Branson, Missouri tornado that struck on March 2, 2012 was only an F2 and did not cause one single death.  However, because Branson is a popular tourist destination, the tornado was heavily reported.

While we are not of the opinion that these tornado outbreaks are caused by a science experiment like HAARP, it does appear that the tornadoes in recent years have been more powerful than their earlier counterparts.  This is based on the casualties.  It is difficult to compare damage, because between the 1960′s and 1970′s and present day, inflation has caused the damage estimates to look very different.  For example, a billion-dollar damage range would have been unthinkable in 1971, but the Joplin, Missouri tornado of 2011 is estimated to have caused $2.2 billion in damage.  However, deaths are a much better gauge for comparing historical storms.  While the storms back in the 1960′s and 1970′s have lower deaths, it is notable that the warning systems in place were not nearly as effective as those that we have today.  Therefore, the fact that the deaths from recent storms are so much greater does indicate that the tornadoes seem to be more powerful.  It is a fair assumption that if the warning systems we have in place today were in place in these storms thirty and forty years ago, the amount of deaths may very well have been less.

So, yes, perhaps the outbreaks are causing more fatalities, but it is also important to realize that the weather data we have only goes back so far.  This means that while we have fairly reliable data from the last fifty years, we have only major catastrophes from earlier years, and even less data from previous centuries.  So, there is no reason to think that these tornadoes are increasing any more than there is a reason to think that global warming is the culprit.  The outbreak of hurricanes in the last decade caused many to think that this was a new normal, and certainly, for those affected by the tragedies one after another, it seemed that way.  However, hurricanes have become more normal the last few years.  These things happen in cycles, but not two or three-year cycles.  They span decades, just like ice ages last for millions of years on Earth.

We think we’re really smart, but the truth is, there is a lot we don’t know.  So, when it’s all said and done, we help out where we can, we pray (or whatever you do) for the victims, and we hope that things get better.  And we watch projects like HAARP for what they really might be up to.

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