‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Massive Oklahoma tornado ‘going to happen again’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 15:28 EDT
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"Bill Nye the Science Guy," appearing in a video by Big Think. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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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.”

Nye, an outspoken voice on climate change, cautioned that “you can’t say” any one storm was caused by human industrial activity. However, he noted that Monday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was “much more powerful” than the previous record-setting twister that hit the same area in 1999, mainly “because it’s wider, cutting a wider swath.”

“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.


[Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.]

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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