In the wake of the NWS-confirmed tornado in Revere, MA this morning–a rare but not unprecedented event–here’s a reprise of my 2011 article for the Boston Globe about tornado safety. Please stay weather-aware and be safe!
From The Boston Globe, June 2011
I’m a professional stormchaser. On Wednesday, I was in the surreal
position of issuing tornado warnings to friends back home in Massachusetts while sitting in a stormchase vehicle beneath a tornadic thunderstorm in rural Nebraska. Some of the questions and comments I received over Facebook and Twitter were deeply distressing. One said, “No way am I waiting anything out in a basement. I’ll take my chances.” Another, during a
tornado warning, asked, “Can I drive into Boston?” A third, married to a newsman, wrote: “My husband is stormchasing for tonight’s story!” When I asked whether her husband had any experience whatsoever with severe weather, I got no reply.
Even though the TV has started showing back-to-school commercials, don’t leave your hammock yet! This summer week’s Friday Reads: CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki, a must-read debut novel for anyone who loves post-apocalyptic fiction, as I do. (You can thank Stephen King’s THE STAND, one of my top three favorite novels of all time, for this lifelong addiction.)
What’s interesting to me about CALIFORNIA–as with all novels set in the aftermath of life as we know it–is both the delicious dystopian details (I always want to know how things went catastrophically wrong) and the psychology of the survivors. Any good sci-fi story is a mirror of our psyche, and good post-apocalyptic fiction is no exception, leading you to wonder: how and what would I do in that situation? Would I survive?