It has been a quite miserable couple of moths for yours truly. Making it all worse was that I have had plenty of things to blog about with full inspiration but just have not had the time or energy.
That being said, I look back on the last post I made before my latest extended break from blogging and sit in stunned amazement at what happened on that general subject from then until now. I was fairly certain that another Super Outbreak would not happen again in my lifetime and would have bet everything I own that, barring a major tornado spawning right next to something like a major sporting event, I would never see a day when more than 50 people died in one round of severe storms. Even the esteemed Dr. Greg Forbes of The Weather Channel (TWC) cannot hide his somewhat disbelief that the hundreds of people that have perished in tornadoes over the past two months could happen in this era of Doppler radar, instant communications, on-the-spot storm chasers, and the magnificent forecasts that he and many other government and local meteorologists provide.
While certainly a “perfect storm” where multiple major tornadoes just happened to line right up with populated areas, the continuing spread of cities and towns gives more area for tornadoes to hit. It’s not a matter of the dire predictions of a scare-tactic television show like It Could Happen Tomorrow. As we have seen, a major tornado — or, even a mere EF-2, for that matter — does not have to hit the exact center of downtown to cause damage and death so catastrophic that it warrants long-term, national news coverage.
A lot of people have a lot to think about now. National politicians and pundits need to think about whether further cuts in the National Weather Service budget is still wise. Local politicians need to consider what more they can do to augment their own warning systems and post-strike disaster plans. The major media outlets (minus TWC who alerted the public days in advance) need to consider whether or not they spend enough time warning the public of impending severe weather and reporting on its aftermath instead of, as CNN did in the wake of the Joplin tornado, remain on a program detailing the travails of Mel Gibson. Most of all, citizens need to think about their own disaster plans, whether they are doing enough to keep themselves going for a week or longer before help might arrive, and consider passing up one or two frills to spend that money instead on buying a NOAA Weather Radio with SAME technology.
Most of all, we all need to continue to fight that terrible disease still afflicting far too much of our population – it-can’t-happen-here-itis. I almost literally fell over at the amount of people I kept hearing from Alabama in the wake of their April 27th outbreak that said words such as, “We just don’t get tornadoes like that in Alabama.” While Alabama is no Oklahoma, it’s no Alaska, either. Any time spent on Wikipedia reading about tornado events quickly reveals that Alabama is indeed a hotbed of tornado activity even to the point of it being labeled as part of “Dixie Alley,” an extension of the better-known Tornado Alley.
Yes, I realize that these tornadoes were unique and that people still usually get no more than about 30 minutes of warning time to take shelter. Still, every bit helps and that includes the cessation of being delusional that some sort of landmark, geographic feature, or divine providence will protect them from a tornado or any other type of disaster.
All of that being said, I am by no means being heartless with that semi-scolding tone. There are many that, for many reasons, could not escape the wrath of these twisters. They deserve all of our best wishes and support. I guess what I’m trying to say is…I just hope we make another big leap forward in our understanding of these types of events and how to prepare for them and deal with them as this country did in the wake of the 1974 Super Outbreak.
Anyway…when I think of all of that plus all of the other things happening in the world such as the civil war raging in Libya, the crackdown in Syria, how we may never see unemployment go down to only 5% in the United States again, and all kinds of other things, my piddly little blog and my personal problems do not seem very significant. Thus, I will mention them no more…well, at least in this blog entry. ;-)
As for the future, I am still greatly considering whether or not to put this blog under the Tumblr format or keep KoHoSo on Tumblr as a separate entity. For those of my readers that are still not in the habit of going over to my “side blog,” I have been able to be active over there thanks to Tumblr’s Reblog feature and how relatively quick it is to get something up on there as opposed to this site with its WordPress software. Very often, my Tumblr entries are done from work when I take quick breaks from that place driving me…oops, almost forgot I wasn’t going to complain anymore today. ;-)
I will continue to consider this option. It does bother me that Tumblr still struggles far too often to be a fully functional service. Then again, it’s not like I have anything resembling a huge audience here so I don’t know if a little downtime now and again would even be noticed. Still, I like to be reliable…and, yes, I realize the irony in that when I still cannot manage to have a total breakdown and go almost two months without making a post here.
Well, so much for this semi-rambling, multi-subject entry. At least it’s something…and, just like so many across the American South and Midwest right now, there’s no reason to give up trying.
Be aware, be prepared, be safe…and, as always, keep sticking it to the man. ;-)