Contact Us

How Did This Happen? And What’s Next?

Courtesy of flickr user NOAA Photo Library

In the middle of that onslaught of severe weather last week and after one of the Daviess County tornado warnings that prompted a siren, my nephew asked me why the sirens went off so early. I asked him, “Don’t you want as much lead time as possible in a situation like this?” Naturally, “yes,” was his answer. And, in light of all the advancements made over the years in weather prediction and coverage, that raised a big question in mind.

Why such an enormous death toll in the south from that monster tornado outbreak? It’s even more puzzling since the ANNUAL average has been in decline over the last several decades, and this latest total of more than 340 doesn’t even approach it. And that’s just for one event. So, I did some digging. In the tri-state we have what’s called “Tornado Alley,” and it saw more than its fair share of violent storms during a Super Outbreak in 1974. In the South, it’s called “Dixie Alley” and a combination of structural issues and topography seems to be a deadly one in this region of the country. Historically deadly. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the folks down south as they somehow try to get their lives back together. They’re already receiving assistance from a variety of sources; the Los Angeles Dodgers, students from Southeastern Conference Schools, University of Alabama head coaches, and superstars Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are contributing extensively. And more will likely be added to that list. This country has always chipped in when someone’s chips are down. And this time, the chips were farther down than we ever hope to see again.

Best of WBKR

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The BKR Bunch quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The BKR Bunch contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.