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Earth Science Fail

March 19, 2012

The woman in this video is Charlotte Hall. She doesn’t understand how weather patterns, earth science, or reality operate.

An apparent supercell is around the area of her home, and a focused mesocyclone looks like it is going to touch down in the form of a visible condensation funnel. So what does Charlotte do in these extremely dangerous conditions?

She stands outside and “prays away” the storm…

There are many things we could take away from this but I’ll keep it to three.

One, if you are in a similar position and see a possible tornado or dangerous weather pattern forming: find safety!

Two, apparently, this is quite regular activity for supercells.

Three–and this is a good example of confirmation bias–this particular super cell moved into nearby West Liberty, where Hall was born and raised, killing six people and leaving hundreds homeless.

But Charlotte ‘prayed away’ the storm, and God heard her and answered saving her and her house. Praise baby Jesus! It’s almost some sort of reverse theist utilitarianism to believe that God answered this prayer so he could kill six people and destroy a town. Or maybe it’s more like the wishes that the genie’s grant in the stories that always come with an unexpected price.

Of course Charlotte is not the only person completely and utterly ignorant of her physical environment, or understanding natural phenomena.

Here’s Pat Robertson arguing that people could have used prayer to stop the tornadoes in the Midwest and South but didn’t. That’s right dead and homeless people: it’s your fault!

Incredible stupidity and willful ignorance.

It’s 2012. Hundreds of years after the Enlightenment. The scientific age with easy access to infinite amounts of information… and there are still people like Charlotte and Pat who might as well be transported to the middle ages for all the useful categories they have for understanding reality.

Boggles the mind.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. dan permalink
    March 19, 2012 7:58 pm

    considering how difficult it is to predict a tornado and how apparently difficult it is to give people a proper warning of one. wouldn’t the more prudent and i dare say christian action to have been to call emergency services with the storms location and direction so as to give a warning to her neighbors in that town that there is a severe storm coming?

    • March 24, 2012 12:11 am

      Yeah how stupid of the lady, praying and talking to the sky, while she should have gotten her barometer, directional tracker, phone book and neighbor’s phone list out who are blind and living in windowless doorless dwellings warning them that the wind is picking up

  2. Paul D. permalink
    March 20, 2012 3:56 am

    Sort of like how Cindy Jacobs knew about both 9/11 and the Japan earthquake ahead of time but didn’t tell anyone?

  3. dan permalink
    March 20, 2012 6:23 pm


  4. Len permalink
    March 21, 2012 11:51 am

    Here’s Pat Robertson arguing that people could have used prayer to stop the tornadoes in the Midwest and South but didn’t.

    Yes, I can believe that no-one at all in those areas said any kind of prayer when they saw what was headed their way.

    /sarcasm (in case anyone was wondering)

  5. theagnosticswife permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:51 pm

    ugh! The stupidity is killing me!

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