Maybe 1974 or 1953 could rightly claim it too, but 2011 has been another dreadful, violent year of the tornado. Last night's outbreak of storms across Texas followed on the devastation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., with a new round of twisters that added dozens to the record-breaking death toll in 2011, and flattened more towns and homes.
When all is said and done--very soon, we hope--the automotive toll will be clear, too. Insurers are already estimated billions of dollars in property damage from this year's storms, from the tornadoes alone, but also from the hail that usually pummels everything on the ground right before a twister strikes.
If you've only ever heard the term "baseball-sized hail," there's a graphic reminder of what it means to your car. Twitter user @AluminumCloud tweeted a friend's photo of the aftermath of one storm, after last night's storms passed through the Dallas metroplex.
Reminder number one: some things don't buff out.
Gentle reminder number two: in the aftermath of natural brutality, you can help tornado victims by giving blood or with a donation to the American Red Cross.