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DC Tornado-Like Weather and the Proof of a ‘Climate Crisis’

There is no excuse anymore for not getting history right. A simple search on the internet will set the record straight on most historical matters. The Bible requires two witnesses. This is no less true when investigating the claims of history when politicians and special interest groups are trying to pull the wool over our eyes with manufactured claims that that the earth is going to fall apart because of a ‘climate crisis’ that needs to be fixed by giving more money and power to politicians.

The book of Proverbs includes this bit of investigative wisdom:

The first to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and examines him (Prov. 18:17).

The following is an example of fake news, fake history, and fake science, and all it took to debunk it was a simple Google search.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went to social media during a tornado warning in Washington, D.C. Like clockwork, she tried to connect the tornado warning to the “Climate Crisis.”

“Climate Crisis” is the new name for the ever-growing list of crises. “Global warming” was replaced with “Climate Change” so any change in the weather or climate could be used as evidence that the government must do something to save the planet before it’s too place. By “save” people like AOC — who said we only have 12 years left if the government doesn’t act — mean more taxes and more control of our everyday lives.

A little history goes a long way to refute such nonsense. Consider the following (Wikipedia):

  • August 25, 1814: A “most tremendous hurricane” struck the city during the Burning of Washington during the War of 1812. There are few historical accounts of this event, and many sources disagree on the details. Some sources question whether this event was a tornado or a hurricane. However, most agree that it was a true tornado, and some maintain that it was a tornado followed closely by a hurricane. Whatever its nature, the storm tore the roofs from many buildings. Several cannons were thrown through the air by the violent winds. Thirty British soldiers and some residents were buried in the rubble, and several died. Damage to trees also occurred “higher in the country.” The British Army left Washington soon after the storm, and heavy rains which accompanied the storm helped extinguish the fires. At least thirty people died.
  • September 16, 1888: Around 3:15 pm, an F2 tornado touched down between 9th Street NW and 10th Street NW, and it tracked for 2 miles (3.2 km) along Maryland Avenue. It unroofed two homes, damaged the Botanic Garden, and damaged the roof of the Smithsonian Institution. There were no injuries or deaths.
  • July 30, 1913: A tornado, or possibly intense downbursts, struck the city … during a heat wave. Substantial damage occurred to some buildings and trees were downed throughout the city, including at The White House.”
  • April 5, 1923: At around 3 p.m., an F3 tornado touched down in the northern Rock Creek Park, moving northeast into Maryland. The tornado tracked for 11 miles (18 km). Twenty people were injured, seven homes were destroyed, and twelve other homes were damaged. There were no deaths.
  • May 14, 1927: An F0 tornado produced minor damage near North Capitol Street and Rhode Island Avenue at 6:00 p.m. The funnel was a landspout, not associated with a severe thunderstorm, as no wind was reported outside of the damaged area. A few trees were uprooted or damaged, with structural damage being limited to roof shingles and awnings, as well as a few tombstones knocked over. No one was injured, and there was only minor damage.
  • November 17, 1927: At 2:25 p.m., an F2 tornado touched down southwest of Alexandria, Virginia. After damaging Alexandria, the tornado crossed the Potomac River and injured several people at the Anacostia Naval Air Station. The tornado crossed the Anacostia River and continued through the Navy Yard. From there, the tornado continued northward up Eighth Street Southeast and then turned a bit to travel north on Fourteenth Street near Lincoln Park. The tornado continued through the neighborhood of Kingman Park, where it demolished several homes. The tornado also damaged several Maryland suburbs, including Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Benning, and Colmar Manor. The tornado traveled about 15 miles (24 km) in all, including about 3 miles (4.8 km) in the District of Columbia. One person died from being struck by lightning while crossing a bridge; 49 other people were injured and 150 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the District. Dozens of families were made homeless from the tornado. The speed of the tornado’s winds was estimated to be 125 miles per hour (201 km/h). Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church, located near Lincoln Park, sustained serious damage. An airplane hangar at Anacostia Naval Air Station was demolished along with the seven airplanes inside it. The tornado also tore the roof off of barracks at Anacostia Naval Air Station. Property losses were estimated to be $1,000,000.

Anacostia Naval Air Station

Debris being cleared up from rowhouses on A Street, Northeast

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Here’s how the Washington Post described the Nov. 17, 1927, DC tornado: “Through its mile wide path, the twister strode like a giant, crushing entire blocks of houses, picking others up and tossing them about, nudging over automobiles until they capsized, and then skipping around like a giant gone mad. Its erratic course was a scene of devastation, scores of buildings left roofless, others left without walls, and still others standing jagged in the pouring rain, entire sides ripped out.”

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  • May 21, 1943: A waterspout formed over the Potomac River, moving on land near the Jefferson Memorial before dissipating without damaging any structures. Another funnel was also sighted, which may have touched down briefly near the National Naval Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Maryland.
  • May 18, 1995: At 1:22 p.m., an F1 tornado uprooted dozens of trees and inflicted $50,000 in damage at the National Arboretum. There were no injuries.
  • September 24, 2001: During a series of tornadoes in the Washington region, a weak tornado passed near the Pentagon, crossed the Potomac, and damaged some trees in D.C. before dissipating near the National Mall. Another funnel cloud passed over Union Station, but this one would not touch down as a tornado until it reached the College Park and Beltsville areas of Maryland. Two people died and 57 were injured.
  • April 6, 2017: A tornado classified as EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale touched down in southeastern D.C., damaging trees on Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling.

 

 

 

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