Arkansas Tornadoes Show Mother Nature Is Having a Bad April

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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The weather around the country is getting scary, indeed. From yesterday's multiple tornadoes in Arkansas to severe flooding and tornadoes in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, this April has been a veritable weather disaster

In fact, there have been over 5,400 severe weather reports (tornadoes, hail, and high winds/wind damage) so far in April. On average, only about 3,300 severe weather reports are tallied in an entire April nationwide.

This comes on the heels of a January that was full of dead fish and birds (in Arkansas, too!) and on the East Coast one snow storm after another. So, what the hell? Is this the End of Days or what?

The high winds, severe hail, tornadoes, and flooding have been off the charts this April. In fact, according to the Weather Channel, there were 292 confirmed April tornadoes in the US, which broke the 1974 record of 267. If April showers bring May flowers, then what do April hail storms and tornadoes bring?

There is very little to suggest that these crazy weather patterns mean much more than just what they are: crazy weather patterns. We are in the same pattern that produced most of our winter snow that fell from January 1 through February 10, a time period in which I almost went stir crazy living in Boston where it felt like the snow never ceased. Now, here we are, two months later, in a similar pattern.

That's weather. And yes, some is record breaking. And some isn't. But let's not read too much into it. My heart breaks for the people in Arkansas who have lost their homes and had to deal with so much devastation, but it's important that people keep a level head and not start saying this is the apocalypse, which always seems like the next step after severe weather.

For now, let's focus on the fact that there are people all around the country right now who are left homeless from this weather. There is more predicted for tomorrow in Birmingham where forecasters are saying that supercell thunderstorms capable of dropping long-lasting tornadoes will soon be rolling in. With an April that is already in the record books, just how crazy can it get?

Do you think this weather means something?

 

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