Skip to comments.‘Extreme Weather’ – Before CO2 was being blamed for political points
Posted on 05/29/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Imagine the wailing about caused by climate change if this happened today. From NOAA: This Month in Climate History: May 27, 1896, St. Louis Tornado
What remains the third most deadly tornado in U.S. history struck St. Louis, Missouri, on the afternoon of May 27, 1896, nearly 120 years ago. At the time, St. Louis hadnt experienced a major weather disaster in nearly 25 years, and the city had grown into a large metropolitan area.
Shortly before five oclock that Wednesday afternoon, the devastating tornado struck the city from the southwest, near the Compton Heights district. From there, the tornado made its way down the Mill Creek Valley, destroying countless homes as it headed toward the Mississippi River.
Once the tornado made it to the Mississippi, it decimated the steamboats and other vessels in the harbor, breaking them to pieces and scattering them from the Missouri shore to the Illinois shore.
Even the Eads Bridge, which was considered tornado proof as the first major bridge constructed by making use of true steel, was damaged by the powerful tornado with nearly 300 feet of its eastern approach being torn away. Much of the central portion of St. Louis was also destroyed, as were factories, saloons, hospitals, mills, railroad yards, and churches throughout the city.
Across St. Louis, the tornado completely destroyed block after block of residential housing. Hundreds of miles of electric wires and thousands of telephone and telegraph poles were torn down by the fierce winds. The tornado also uprooted trees more than half a century old and hurled them a distance of several blocks. Heavy iron fences, like the one that surrounded Lafayette Park, were twisted and tangled until they were nearly unrecognizable.
During the less than half an hour that the tornadowhich would most likely be rated as an EF-4 today was on the ground, it tracked a three-mile-wide path of destruction across St. Louis, killing 255 people, injuring 1,000, and rendering countless families homeless.
For more information on the May 27, 1896, St. Louis tornado, see:
To see a list of the 10 deadliest documented tornado events in the United States, visit NCDCs Deadliest Tornadoes page.
I give thanks to the Almighty for carbon.
1896? It was all those damn cattle drives bringing herds of farting cows in.
Charlie Sheen movie The Arrival (1996) gave Algore the CO2 idea
The land in that area was clearly being over farmed. That is a direct cause of global warming ... er, climate change.
I remember it rained on the Fourth of July.. As a kid.
Damn that climate change.
Oh man, don’t make me Google the size of herds back then.