Torrential rains have been hammering the heartland of America for months, and at this point vast stretches of farmland in the middle of the country are nothing but mud. As a result of the endless rain and unprecedented flooding that we have witnessed, millions of acres of farmland will have nothing planted on them at all in 2019, and that is a major national crisis. But most farmers were able to get seeds planted in the deplorable conditions, and now they are desperately hoping that something will actually grow. Unfortunately, on farm after farm what is coming out of the ground looks absolutely terrible. Even if we get ideal weather conditions ...
Recently my son moved his household goods from Flagstaff, AZ to just outside New York City. My wife and I took the driver duties and headed across country in a 16 foot truck. During the 10 day trek, there were several tornado alerts and even tornado warnings along our route from Texas through southern Indiana and Philadelphia before arriving at our final destination in New Jersey.
On both occasions the tornadoes could not be seen from where we were, but there was a bit of thunderstorm activity and those in areas thirty miles away were asked to seek shelter immediately. We were fortunate, some may say blessed, that the weather along the drive was without incident, but what would you do if you were driving and a tornado siren went off?
This is a very real occurrence along that area of the country called Tornado Alley, which happened to be the area we went through. At the bottom of this article are links to refresh what needs to be done while traveling and faced with weather emergencies. It would be wise to review those before an emergency happens in your area. As an example, seeking shelter from a tornado under an overpass might sound like a good idea and it’s an idea often captured in films, but meteorologists say that is one of the worst things you could do.
Is this weather normal? In the below link you will find that there were over 328 reports of tornadoes in just 11 days in May. According to this report: The United States is experiencing the most active prolonged period of tornadoes since the April 2011 Super Outbreak.
"Almost 2,200 reports of severe weather, including 328 reports of tornadoes, have been logged from May 17 through the morning of May 28 in the U.S."