Powerful tornadoes like the one that leveled parts of an Oklahoma City suburb have varied widely in number in the past three years, for reasons that can’t be blamed on climate change, a federal researcher said.
A swath of the Midwest that’s home to 63.9 million people faced a third day of tornadoes, powerful thunderstorms and damaging hail from the same system that spawned yesterday’s deadly Oklahoma twister.
Hurricane Isaac developed near the mouth of the Mississippi River today on a path that may take it near New Orleans and bring flooding rain to the lower Mississippi Valley, the National Hurricane Center said.
Tropical Storm Nate is expected to become a hurricane today, forcing energy companies to begin evacuating platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Maria and Hurricane Katia will probably weaken in the Atlantic.
A number of years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a young friend from Germany turned to me and commented on the potholed and patched streets that surrounded us, as well as the uneven sidewalks and assorted other rough edges.