A hike along the Rabbit Creek Trail in the Smoky Mountains the other day. Hot it was indeed, but the heat was tempered by the shade from the tree cover omnipresent in the mountains of the Eastern Seabord...until, suddenly, surprisingly,... we were in fresh air, open, exposed (above). Every single tree uprooted or simply snapped. This is where an monster EF4 tornado had hit on April 27th 2011, clearing a track a mile wide and 11 miles long (see below).
Here's what an EF4 did to a populated area (St. Louis, Missouri) a few days earlier:
And Knoxville TN?
Well, the same storm that created the Rabbit Creek Monster damaged my roof, which I had to replace.
And, no, the insurance didn't cough up the dough.
Maybe it would take an EF4 to convince them?
Well, at least there's an educational side: the Smoky Mountain EF4 dispels the myth that tornadoes never happen in mountains...