Tornadoes: AOC’s New Climate Change Boogeyman

Tornadoes: AOC’s New Climate Change Boogeyman

Tornadoes: AOC’s New Climate Change Boogeyman

Both my husband and I are native Midwesterners — I grew up near Chicago, he in Wichita, KS. We now live in the Kansas City metro, so we know a thing or two about tornadoes. While I’ve never seen one, I’ve heard plenty of sirens and seen my share of wall clouds, which spawn these storms. I prefer to hit the deck when they happen. My husband, on the other hand, has searched them out and watched them. He says they’re hypnotic.

So you can imagine our eye-rolling when not-yet-30-years-old New York City native Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lectured the nation on tornadoes. She gravely warned the country that they may be the result of. . . wait for it. . .  climate change!

Of course she did.

Apparently tornado sirens went off in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Now all she would need to do is consult a science website (science!) to see that these storms do occasionally happen in DC. But this is AOC we’re talking about here, so it’s because of “climate change, y’all!”

“The climate change is real, y’all, I guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country.” 

Casual tornadoes? I wonder if she meant to say occasional tornadoes, but once again, this is AOC. Brilliant discourse is not in her wheelhouse.

Here’s more of her Instagram frenzy, with ALL CAPS! to make her point.


Screenshots from Instagram from Greg Pollowitz. Click to enlarge.

A PBS article, which reported that “tornadoes are sliding into the Midwest and Southeast,” set off her rant. Tornadoes in the Midwest? Well, no shit, Sherlock! I could’ve told her that.

Now the number of twisters in tornado-prone states can change from year to year. Moreover, according to a 2018 study, there has been an increase in tornado activity in the eastern Midwest and the Southeast. However, unlike AOC, scientists don’t know why. They’re scratching their heads over why “Tornado Alley” is shifting from the Great Plains into the eastern half of the US. The Great Plains does appear to be drying out — hence, fewer twisters are forming, since moisture is necessary for them to form.

But severe thunderstorms and resulting tornadoes develop from unique and individual weather patterns, which AOC tends to overlook in favor of her favorite cause. Yes, tornadoes happen due to plain ol’ weather. As the saying goes: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. 

Ryan Maue, a meteorologist from Atlanta — who holds a Ph.D. in the subject, by the way — deftly explained the difference between weather and climate to the raving Congresswoman:

To help AOC through her tornado crisis, here’s a handy TED-Ed video that explains just how tornadoes are formed. It’s simple, and has cute cartoons, too.

Meanwhile, we Midwesterners are in the middle of tornado season, which typically occurs in May through June, although they can strike any time of the year. Unfortunately, they’ve long been a part of reality here, as our neighbors in central Missouri recently experienced. But none of us need Alex from the Bronx lecturing us on tornadoes and insulting our intelligence. We want her to stop pissing on our feet and telling us it’s raining.


Featured image: cropped/cornfreak/pixabay.


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • rbj1 says:

    We very rarely did have small tornadoes in Middletown, NY. in the 1980s. Where there are no tornado sirens because they are so rare.

  • Sadie McQueen says:

    I, too, hail from northern Illinois, and I currently reside in the solid red state of Nebraska. The town in which I live hadn’t been hit since 1923, until last summer, when we had TWO of them. Not a single person living here (that I know of) blamed it on climate change. It’s the MIDWEST! It’s like several years ago when it was BIG NEWS that it had SNOWED (gasp!) in the Rockies. Seriously. I wonder how many of them have done their history lessons. One of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit NOLA was in 1790.One of the strongest earthquakes ever to hit the midwest was Dec-Jan 1811-1812. It was so strong that it rang church bells in Boston, and the Mississippi River ran backwards for a day. And we didn’t even have climate change, then!

  • GWB says:

    Brilliant discourse is not in her wheelhouse.
    Overheard in the tool aisle at the hardware store, “You’re dumber than a box of AOCs.” I think it was the hammers talking.

    I’ve seen a tornado, once, in the distance. Fortunately, it didn’t touch down. I thank God I’ve never been *in* one. Though I’ve been in the closet/bathtub/under the desk a few times.

    I have been in hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and surrounded by fires*. And the one thing they’ve all reminded me is that I can be snuffed out in a moment by God/nature. I’m guessing AOC has never been in a humbling experience.

    (* I’ve also been in the *middle* of a thunderstorm cell, in a formation of large aircraft, refueling an even larger formation of large aircraft. At night. That’s very humbling.)

  • David Byler says:

    these dems just blabber and blabber

  • David says:

    Go home, Sandy. You’re drunk.

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