- Ada, Oklahoma


June 3, 2013

Storms give way to Sooner kindness

Ada —

One person killed by a tornado is one too many. But upon seeing the size, strength and sheer power exhibited by the EF-5 that tore through Moore, it seemed to me multiple hundreds of lifeless bodies would be the final tally. Thankfully, it was 24. One is tempted to say “only,” but it is a misplaced word in that kind of sentence. As mentioned earlier, even one is too many.

There’s a reason there weren’t hundreds dead, and it undoubtedly has to do with the amazing advances in recent years in the science of tornado predicting. Only a few short years ago, we would learn they might form the same day they did form. 

In that bygone era, a tornado warning was only issued after human eyes actually spotted one wreaking havoc. Today, meteorology has advanced to the point that issuing a tornado warning has become possible well before one reveals itself visually just by looking at a radar screen.

Storms that created our last wholesale damage should not have come as a surprise to anyone, so far in advance were weather forecasters warning us it could be bad. True, they couldn’t be sure exactly where it would be bad, but their science told them it was exceptionally likely to be a dangerous situation somewhere in our general neck of the woods.

In fact, it was our specific neck of the woods that meteorologists thought was in the greatest danger, to the point they rented hotel rooms in Ardmore in anticipation of it being the beginning of ground zero, followed by storms tracking northeast toward us. 

In other words, but for the fact nature decided otherwise, the world might be sending bucket loads of assistance to Ada right now rather than to Moore. We are fortunate, indeed.

In my own family, not so fortunate is my wife’s and my nephew. He survived because he was at work instead of home at the time. His entire house in Moore was leveled. He lost everything. Like many there, he expects insurance to cover him. Unlike some others, his parents live in Norman and he has a place to stay until his upside-down life gets righted again.

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