As a life long New Yorker, I can say, definitively, that tornadoes in the city are almost unheard of. So much so that many of us were led to believe that tornadoes can’t form over cities due to the height of the buildings and skyscrapers. Turns out that this is 100% false and that tornadoes are quite possible in the five boroughs. In fact, it’s becoming a common occurrence.
On Saturday, another one landed in Breezy Point, the southeastern portion of Queens (only 20 minutes away! How exciting!) and this time’s there’s video!
Yes, holy shit, that IS a tornado. In Queens.
Here’s a longer video of the funnel forming, moving and then dispersing (turn off the sound):
Once upon a time, tornadoes where a once-in-a-decade event, now it’s every year and more than once. Our climate is changing and extreme weather is becoming the norm is places where stability held sway. If this continues, the consequences will be terrible to contemplate.
Joplin was leveled by an F5 tornado and 161 people were killed. Joplin has a population of 51,186 and a population density of only 1,600 per square mile.
New York City has a population of 8,244,910 with a population density of 27,243 per square mile.
Extrapolate the death toll and we’re looking at 2741 casualties. That’s almost as many deaths as 9/11. The higher the frequency of tornadoes becomes, the higher the likelihood of an extreme weather event that will shock the world. Maybe then the climate change deniers will be finally be forced out of the public debate and back into the pockets of the oil companies that own them.