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On Saturday I was alarmed to read about Friday night’s deadly tornado outbreak.

While tornadoes can and do take place every month of the year in the U.S., December is not a month we usually associate with large, long-track tornadoes. Yet, as I write this on Saturday afternoon, the death toll continues to climb as rescue and search teams clear away rubble looking for possible survivors.

Officials expect a final death toll well in excess of 100 people.

December is usually the slowest month for tornado activity in the U.S. with an average of 23, most of them in the South. According to NOAA’s Stor...


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