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  •  few perfect places to live in the US (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Oh Mary Oh

    large parts of the country get bad thunderstorms, hail,  large areas are struck by tornadoes, hurricanes in the gulf and east coast, Santa Anas, wildfires, mudslides on the west coast, floods in many places and drought in others, and some places both at alternating times.  We can't all live in nirvana weather wise.   We can make better choices, don't allow more building in flood prone and hurrican prone areas, better building codes, etc.  

    •  I once saw a great map (4+ / 0-)

      That listed all of these hazards and indicated which ones were likely in various parts of the country. As you say, every place had something, but some places were a bit worse than others.

      •  I saw that map - (2+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh, jfromga

        I think it was the New York Times.  They had danger areas marked depending upon what disasters usually struck there, and color coding depending upon how bad the disasters were.  Keystone XL goes through several of those.

        I see you drivin' 'round town with the girl I love / And I'm like / Please proceed, Governor. - Dave Itzkoff

        by Jensequitur on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:01:26 PM PDT

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    •  There are a few isolated sweet spots (4+ / 0-)

      where nothing usually hits - where most of my family lives, the major danger is tornadoes.

      I am lucky enough to live in one. Even with dense housing, you could not fit the entire population of the small rural town into the safe area without having to build up tall enough that the sheltering hill would no longer provide shelter from the winds it deflects. And that's if you wanted to build a shelter here - forget about enough elbow room for this to be the only local residential housing area. And even with the natural protection, we've had at least one close call. We used to live in an area that got a LOT of tornado warnings, so we take them VERY seriously despite knowing geography is on our side - and carrying a laptop with access to weather.com into our safe spot is how I know about the close call, because we were tracking that cell ridgeline by ridgeline until it passed us by.

      Members of my family live in another such sweet spot. Thanks to the way the mountains surrounding them interact, tornado formation doesn't work right there. Unless you get winds blowing a specific way down a given corridor that allows enough time for funnel formation. They get an EF 0 or EF 1 every decade or so. And that single tornado or isolated one-storm cluster usually results in a couple of deaths because, well, the primary worry there is getting in out of the hail or avoiding rising water - the last time I was there during a storm that fit the tornado-spawning pattern, we had a HELL of a time getting a family member to abandon her favorite seat beside TWO LARGE WINDOWS in favor of something a bit more interior and the house is built so that there is no 'interior room without windows' at all. And she was living there during a previous 'it was two blocks away' close call.

      Sometimes moderate risk is best - it keeps you on your toes enough that when you are in danger, you react as if you are.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Boston, in Texas, and for this week to be over without anything else happening.

      by Cassandra Waites on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:52:42 PM PDT

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