4/22/2012-Happy Earth Day

We might as well get used to it. We're in for stormy weather. No question that we're in a warming period on this great planet. It will probably get a little warmer before it starts to cool off and we go into another Ice Age, so don't sell your furnace yet.
The experts say that along with climate change comes more intense storms. My suggestion is to take the weather forecasters seriously. When they say the conditions are right for tornadoes, believe them. Know the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means conditions are ripe. A warning means a tornado has been spotted by observers or radar. When you hear a warning, be ready to dive in the basement at the drop of a hailstone.
Changing building codes could help preserve lives, too. For instance, I think all mobile home parks should have a mandatory storm shelter dug into the ground large enough to accommodate everyone in the park. If it means having more than one, fine. Any house without a basement should have a storm shelter right next to it too.
And don't think it won't happen to you. It can happen to anybody in any state in any town. Just ask the folks in Springfield and Monson, Mass.

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