90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Terrifying Tornadoes

The tornadoes toll in the South. We’ll look at the aftermath and the climate science of what just happened.

Robbie Thomas cries as she looks through her tornado ravaged home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. (AP)

Robbie Thomas cries as she looks through her tornado ravaged home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. (AP)

It was weather for the history books in the American South last week. Death, destruction, and tornadoes on a scale that was hard to believe — unless you saw them.

Six hundred tornadoes in April. More than 300 in one 24-hour period alone, last week. Many, monsters. Huge. Plowing across Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky.

Now, they’re burying the many dead — toting up the damage, looking out on whole neighborhoods and towns blown away. And asking, what happened here?

This hour On Point: the aftermath and science of last week’s savage storms.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Mark Strassmann, correspondent for CBS News.

Tom Grazulis, meteorologist and tornado climatologist and author of “The Tornado: Nature’s Ultimate Windstorm.”

Chuck  Faush, Chief of Staff to Mayor William Bell in Birmingham, AL

Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 24, 2015
The Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP)

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 24, 2015
Dick West (Dr. Walter Richard West, Wah-pah-nah-yah or Wapah Nahya, Light Foot Runner), 1912−1996, Southern Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Cheyenne Sun Dance—The Third Day, 1949. Paper, casein, 24 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches. © 2013 Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc., Museum purchase, 1949.20, Photo: John Lamberton.

Artists of earth and sky. Rawhide, bear claw, eagle feathers and the glory of America’s Plans Indians, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 24, 2015
Dick West (Dr. Walter Richard West, Wah-pah-nah-yah or Wapah Nahya, Light Foot Runner), 1912−1996, Southern Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Cheyenne Sun Dance—The Third Day, 1949. Paper, casein, 24 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches. © 2013 Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc., Museum purchase, 1949.20, Photo: John Lamberton.

Artists of earth and sky. Rawhide, bear claw, eagle feathers and the glory of America’s Plans Indians, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 
Apr 24, 2015
The Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP)

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Your Favorite Musical Memories Of Rain
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

When we say ‘rain,’ you say ‘…?’ (Here’s what you really said when we said ‘rain.’)

More »
6 Comments
 
Three LIVE Tracks From Flor De Toloache
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Fantastic live tracks from the amazing women of Flor de Toloache.

More »
1 Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: April 17, 2015
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Interactions on Facebook, campaign time begins and a truck full of bees.

More »
2 Comments