In this day's Washington Post, an article about the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri described it as a multiple-vortex tornado, which it almost certainly was. BUT, "multiple vortex" tornadoes were described as a "rare phenomenon", which they most certainly are NOT.
In fact, most large twisters are multiple vortex events. Dr. Ted Fujita, the father of modern tornado science found this out early on. This is easily verified by a look at his research, or by viewing any of myriad tornado videos on YouTube.
Moreover, the size of a tornado has next to nothing to do with its destructive force. There have been EF-5 twisters less than 100 yards across (and with but a single vortex); and there have been EF 1 tornadoes half a mile wide (and with multiple vortices).
As for the number of twisters - and there has been an unusual number of tornadoes this year - well, there's another phenomenon out there called El Nino, which every few years sends weather patterns into a tizzy.
Now, one might think that "president" Obama (pretty soon we are going to stop capitalizing his name, he's just that worthless) would be rushing back from his latest junket
to see to the victims of this disaster.
No, instead he announced that his "thoughts and prayers" were with the victims.
Then, without further ado, he hurried off to have tea and crumpets with the glamour couple of the hour, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and his wife the Dutchess Kate.
What a blowhole.