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Mother Nature making point on climate change
Whatever your thoughts on the political ramifications of the climate change debate, Mother Nature herself is doing her best to convince us something unusual is going on.
The death toll was 91 and climbing from Sunday's storms, 89 of them in Joplin, Missouri, where a huge twister rolled through the city, knocking a major hospital out of action and destroying hundreds of other businesses and homes.
A month earlier, 305 tornadoes broke out in the South, killing 327 people, mostly in Alabama, and causing $5 billion in damage.
That pushed April 2011 into record territory for tornadoes, with more than 600 reported, compared to a record 267 in April 1974 and breaking the monthly record held by May 2003 with 542 tornadoes. The worst year in U.S. history was 794 in 1925, according to NOAA.
If you've been following the flooding along the Mississippi, you know the devastation high water can cause.
Lest we think Nebraska is going to escape the "weird weather" syndrome, officials are keeping an eye on record Rocky Mountain snowpack, which, if it melts quickly will create more flooding along the Platte River.
The North Platte River was at 7.06 feet in North Platte as of Saturday, 1.06 feet above flood stage and besting the record 6.7 feet set in 1971.
As readers commented online, it's too bad some of that excess water can't be shunted into the Republican River basin to alleviate the shortage of water reaching Kansas.