Connecticut seems to be New England's tornado alley, and the Connecticut River Valley a particularly favorite twister path.
Tornadoes like Monday's have become, alas, a familiar sight in this state. Connecticut had the greatest tornado density in New England — the most per 10,000 square miles — from 1991 to 2010, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
Monday's tornado took the Connecticut River Valley path, tearing off parts of a sports dome in East Windsor, tossing tobacco netting on homes and trees in Windsor Locks as if playing a prank, and making drivers in Windsor feel like they were in Wichita. Fortunately, it spared lives.
What is it that makes the Connecticut River Valley such a twister magnet? The 1979 tornado that, like Monday's, ran by Bradley Airport still ranks as the costliest on record in the Northeast. It killed three people and destroyed a lot of property, including vintage aircraft at the New England Air Museum.
Sadly, Hartford County residents now have to add tornado tips (www.ready.gov/tornadoes) to their repertoire of survival techniques in what feels like weirder and weirder weather.
This editorial was updated to remove a reference to a Massachusetts tornado.Copyright © 2015, CT Now