Earth Science Fail
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.