Appearing Monday night on CNN, educator Bill Nye “The Science Guy” warned viewers looking on in shock at scenes of extreme weather and destruction in Oklahoma that, based upon all the currently available data, “it’s going to happen again.”
“So you’ve got to figure it has, if it’s twice as wide you might figure it’s got twice as much energy,” Nye said. “But it might have four times as much energy. It might have 10 times in order of magnitude as much energy and this can be estimated by looking at the destruction. It sounds almost unbelievable.”
“The destruction there tonight is really overwhelming,” he added. “But I just want to remind us all, it’s going to happen again. This is the 20th of May. Tornado season goes at least another month, and hurricane season goes on into the fall.”
Host Piers Morgan added that in a typical year, the continental U.S. sees at least 1,000 tornadoes, but it’s unusual that they kill more than a dozen or so people. “It would seem that the death toll [in Oklahoma] may well rise to that level at least, which is an illustration of just how deadly these can be,” he lamented.
“In one event,” Nye somberly added.
This video is from CNN, aired Monday, May 21, 2013.
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