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Hurricanes With Female Names Cause More Fatalities, But Not Really

Hurricane Katrina

You may have seen a pop science news article floating around the past few days outlining how hurricanes with female names are more deadly. The higher average death count is thought to be not because the storms themselves coincidentally happen to be more dangerous, but rather subtle social conditioning towards gender roles mean that people view the "feminine" storms as weaker and thus take fewer safety precautions.

It's an interesting theory that gets completely dismantled when Slate points out a major flaw in the study's methodology:

But [National Center for Atmospheric Research social scientist Jeff] Lazo thinks that neither the archival analysis nor the psychological experiments support the team’s conclusions. For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.

30 years of female-only names and higher overall fatalities are going to pretty heavily skew the data. To prove this point, the Slate author uses the research's own data from '79 through the present, removes the dramatic outlier of Hurricane Sandy, and shows that the deaths are actually slightly higher for the male-named hurricanes, but not to any notable degree.


North Dakota Man Captures Incredible Close Call with Tornado: VIDEO

Tornado

Dan Yorgason of Watford, North Dakota had an incredibly close call with a tornado on Monday and lived to post a YouTube video of it.

Writes Yorgason: "Warning - STRONG LANGUAGE! We were afraid for our lives, so, yes, we swore. A lot. You have been warned!"

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Check Out This Awesome Time-Lapse Footage of a Wyoming Supercell Storm Formation: VIDEO

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Earlier this week, storm chasing team Basehunters recorded the formation of an impressive supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, in Wyoming.

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StormSupercells, according to the National Weather Service, are responsible "for nearly all of the significant tornadoes produced in the U.S. and for most of the hailstones larger than golf ball size."

Coincidentally, they also serve as great marketing tools to tease Halle Berry's role as Storm in next week's release of X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Earth Swallows Entire Block in Baltimore in Terrifying Gulp: VIDEO

Baltimore

The heavy rains on the east coast yesterday may have been what caused the earth to loosen in the Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village yesterday, creating a sinkhole/landslide that sent more than a dozen vehicles tumbling down a steep embankment.

Now there is incredible video taken as the earth gave way.

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MS Meteorologist Orders Crew to Take Cover from Tornado Before Running Off-Camera Himself: VIDEO

Laubhan

WTVA in Mississippi was evacuated while on the air this week after meteorologist Matt Laubhan decided it was too dangerous and ordered crew to take cover from a damaging tornado bearing down on the studio.

"Basement. Now!" orders Laubhan before running off-camera.

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17 Killed in Central U.S. Tornado Strikes, Drone Footage Shows Widespread Destruction: VIDEO

Drone

At least 17 people have been killed following a series of massive tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday.

Reunters reports:

Arkansas authorities said at least 10 people had died in Faulkner and six more across the state - the first reported fatalities of this year's tornado season. Another person was killed in neighboring Oklahoma, said the sheriff's department.

Searchers were continuing to dig through rubble in Vilonia and a spokesman for the County Sheriff's office said there was a "mass casualty situation".

"An entire neighborhood of 50 or so homes has been destroyed. Many homes are completely gone except the foundation ... There is more devastation like this in other parts of Arkansas," state congressman Tim Griffin told Reuters.

Stormchaser Brian Emfinger was also able to shoot aerial drone footage of the tornado’s destructive aftermath in Mayflower, Arkansas.

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