Today’s column was to have been on wildflowers ... but this week’s wild weather seemed to need more attention, so I changed directions.
I survived the brunt of the worst tornado system in recorded history — the April 3, 1974, superstorm that struck Tennessee, Kentucky and adjoining states — and killed 315 people.
This week’s storms have come close, with sobering devastation in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The death toll was nearing 200 as I write this. Many more people lost homes, businesses and other property.