Before alarmists like Bill McKibben and Joe Romm start caterwauling about the tornadoes in the south yesterday as being a signature of “global warming”, I caution them not to make fools of themselves but instead note this from the National Weather Service:
The holiday may conjure visions of snow and ice, but twisters this time of year are not unheard of. Ten storm systems in the last 50 years have spawned at least one Christmastime tornado with winds of 113 mph or more in the South, said Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman in Washington, via email.
Source: The Weather Channel
Here’s a some notable Christmastime December-January outbreaks that happened well before CO2 was falsely blamed as being the cause of every severe weather event that makes the news:
1947 New Year’s Eve tornado outbreak December 31, 1947 Southern U.S. – 20 fatalities, 256 injuries (7 significant, 1 violent, 3 killer)
1949 Warren, Arkansas tornado outbreak January 3, 1949 South Central U.S. – 60 fatalities, 504 injuries (12 significant, 1 violent, 5 killer)
1957 Murphysburo, Illinois tornado outbreak December 18, 1957 Missouri – Illinois 23 17 fatalities (18 significant, 3 violent, 5 killer)
1971 Springfield, Missouri tornado outbreak December 14–15, 1971 Central United States 40 2 fatalities (10 significant, 2 killer)
Christmas 1982 tornado outbreak December 23–25, 1982 Central – Southeastern United States 43 3 fatalities (18 significant)
1987 West Memphis, Arkansas tornado December 14, 1987 Arkansas – Tennessee – 6 dead, 100 injured Rated F3
December 2000 Tuscaloosa tornado December 16, 2000 Southern United States 12 fatalities Deadly Tuscaloosa tornado caught live via Tower Cam (1 violent, 10 significant, 2 killer)e – 6 dead, 100 injured Rated F3
And from The Tornado Project, a reminder that Tornado deaths were far worse before our modern times.
The Top Ten US Killer Tornadoes
The United States gets about 1000 recorded tornadoes every year.
Today, only a few are killers, but that has not always been so. About 200 US
tornadoes have killed 18 or more people. Of those, about 150 occurred in the 70 year period between 1879 and 1949. There have been about 45 tornadoes since 1950 that have killed 18 or more people. In the 1950s, there were 18 tornadoes that killed 18 or more people. In the 1960s, there were 12 tornadoes that killed 18 or more people. In the 1970s,there were 11 tornadoes that killed 18 or more people. And in the 1980s, there were only 2 tornadoes that killed more than 18 people. In spite of an ever-burgeoning population, death figures continue to go down as improved forecasting, detection, communications, and public awareness increase. To read more about each of the “Top Ten US Killer Tornadoes,” click on the event numbers or locations in the table below.