We are in the midst of tornado season.
The months of April, May and June usually present the greatest risk of tornado activity in the United States.
I know something about the dangers and risks of tornadoes having survived a direct hit to my home from a category f4 tornado 60 years ago today. (Wind speeds in excess of 207 mph. Only about 1% of tornados reach this level of devastating damage) The memories of that day are as clear to me today as if it was yesterday.
I wrote about that experience in these pages 10 years ago which I have inserted below.
The common narrative we hear today is that climate change is causing an increase in violent storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes. In his 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore claimed that tornadoes would increase in frequency and intensity due to global warming.
However, the facts do not support that narrative.
Those claims are often accompanied by a chart like this that supposedly shows an increased level of tornado activity over the last 25-30 years.