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May 21st, 2013
12:36 AM ET

Bill Nye on the possibility of another deadly tornado: "It's going to happen again"

This morning, "Piers Morgan Live" covered all angles of the devastating "mile wide" tornado that struck the town of Moore, Okla. Monday and killed at least 51. Joining Piers Morgan live in studio, Scientist Bill Nye talked to the host about the possibility this type of tornado could occur again:

"You can't say from any one storm that this is a result of, let's say, climate change," Nye explained. "This is a much more powerful storm than the one that everybody talks about - May 3, 1999 - because it's wider, cutting a wider swathe"

Nye had one reminder for everyone:

"I just want to remind us all it's going to happen again," he said. "The statistic I saw was America gets at least 1,000 tornadoes every year. Last year in the whole of the year, 70 people were killed by tornadoes."

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  1. CF

    tornado must be banned

    May 21, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Terrible scenes in Oklahoma,echoes of Ground Zero.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      That's a bit glib for my liking,this all probably the first chapter:others
      brewing in the background,already 20 dead kids,so if you're posting
      any more I'd watch what you say.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. Flibble

      @ CF – Your comment was in extremely poor taste. Children died you jerk.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • shepherdgregory

        Methinks a few trolls today,Mr.,you can smell 'em.

        Oklahoma looks like Armageddon.

        Poor people.

        May 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      Next time you have a 'so called scientist' on your show, you should check his statistical knowledge. If you go on
      the internet and check the air temperature for tornados, it is NOT what he said which is hot air..............it is COLD
      DRY Air..........this guy couldn't explain how dry ice works to children. Give me a break! Check it out!!!

      May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bermille

      You mean republicans saying they don't want to take federal money when they do it anyway.

      May 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ned

    Idiots like Morgan are why climate change is questioned. He takes a tornado that is less common than in years past and points toward climate change disasters, then even uses the storm in NJ, NY as background? I find CNN the last real news on cable, he is a better fit at MSNBC.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scales From Their Yankee Eyes

      Weeell,it's another day of the American Robots who either call people[instantly]idiots,retards,or morons in a kneejerk way
      for the appalling crime of expressing a different opinion,and here's Ol' Scales thinking it's the nature of debate.

      But it's the American way.

      Alas it flies in the face of the enlightened First Amendment,but seeing as you pick and choose from,and bowdlerize as
      you see fit {'Tommy's Pick 'n Mix'} the Second,that ain't a surprise especially as I continually get blank looks and no
      response WHATSOEVER EVER when I coolly tell you I'm exercising my First Amendment rights.

      You're set in your ways,and NEED to evolve.

      Shed your Scales...

      May 21, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob Smith

        What the heck are you talking about. Nobody is suggesting someone should be denied their right to free speech. What's being criticized here is the uninformed nature of some people's opinions. Contrary to popular belief, opinions can be wrong when they are not fact-based. That's one of the big problems we have today in our culture. Differing opinions are a great thing when people first carefully study the facts before forming them. But that's not how it works any more. Facts have either become irrelevant, or they have become tools to be used and mis-used to support pre-conceived notions.

        May 21, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Scare The Pilgrims

        I'm not going to try and respond to the comment made by Scales from their yankee eyes,, I could punch these keys,,make my point and the comment will probably end up under Kent or Bob or Larry causing confusion and disbelief ,,these boards are not organized to allow Americans to make their Point,, its British Tabloid Propaganda feeding the American ALZHYIEMERS, ALSHEIYMERS, ALZHYIEMIERS, , BRAIN CANCER, crowd... get a life .

        May 23, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Smith

    At what point did America decide that Bill Nye was an expert on all science, including climate change? I think it's disgusting that he was politicizing this tornado while kids were still being pulled from the rubble of their schools.

    I looked up the facts on tornadoes this morning. Since the 1950s, REPORTED tornadoes have actually increased. However, the reason for that is that we have gotten a lot better at observing tornadoes in remote areas and being able to tell the difference between an EF-0 and simple straight line wind.

    Heck, he talks about tornado deaths last year as if 2012 was bad. In reality, 2012 was pretty quite in terms of tornado frequency. Less than 1,000 of them.

    So the facts tell us that we do not even have evidence that tornadoes have been getting worse. And yet here is this "expert", still seizing on the moment to try to frighten us all. Shame on him.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scales

      Hey Bob,make this brief as I appreciate it's all about Okey right now,
      but my point was you get rude objections in your face for even HAVING
      a different take on things.I don't even think they're listening,and hence
      come across as cloth-eared.

      We should wait a few days on this,Oklahoma's just disastrous,a Tweet
      on the right saying another 40 dead,and others brewing,but Newtown
      remains The American Massacre Of Glencoe,yet more dead McDonald

      children.

      Twenty Candles.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob Smith

        Yes, there are close-minded people on both sides of every argument. You're right. These days, "facts" (and I use that term loosely) seem to be used to support preconceived notions rather than doing it the other way around (i.e. forming opinions based on the real facts).

        May 21, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        I'd agree with you on that Scales, but Piers and Nye should NOT have made it their excuse to start on climate change (is that what it's named now, since GW isn't working?). They tried to use this as a political statement for climate change while the rescue efforts were still under way and people were suffering. So Bob is actually correct in this case.

        May 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Bob,
      First, Climate change is not or at least should not be a political debate. It is a broad scientific theory based on tons and tons of data. Second, one of the first things Bill says is "can it be contributed to something like climate change? its too hard to tell". His main concern is that history has showed that it has happened before and will happen again so building codes should be more strict to prevent more loss of life in the future. This is not a political debate, do not try to make it into one.

      May 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob Smith

        That's fine. But history has also showed zero evidence that climate change has made tornadoes worse. So saying it's going to make them worse is complete BS.

        May 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scales

        Superstorm Sandy is curious:hopefully a flash in the pan,but it's
        the first I'VE heard of a coincidence of storms,and the imagery
        today reminds me of Jersey,and the NYPD looking for corpses
        in a mountain of wood so Sandy's dragged up regardless;
        hopefully the East Coast (nor anyone else) never endure that
        again,we'll just have to see,but I'm always left with the before/after
        images of the North Pole [1970=before,I think],and there is SERIOUS
        shrinkage...where is that water now? Presumably contributing to sea-
        levels rising,and if they CONTINUE to rise...

        Atlantic as in Atlantis,right?

        (I'll get me snorkel...)

        May 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scales

        Building codes? More applicable to earthquakes,I think:problem is
        them coming straight at the house [200mph+],and striking a square
        or rectangular face.They're just a nightmare,bobbing and weaving
        on that damn tail,turn on a sixpence.Poor Oklahoma.

        And don't think we're done yet...

        May 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Bob, nowhere did he say this was a result of climate change. He said "It's not clear. First of all, you CAN'T say from any one storm that this is a result of let's say climate change." All he's saying is that we aren't sure if things are getting worse, but we should be prepared for more, because they are going to happen again.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Set To Be Flogged By The British ...

      FAO Scary!

      EVEN MORE SCARY!

      This is Colonnus Britannicus calling,Pilgrim:the Ships Of War skippered
      by The New Nelson will pound your Scary Farm,Redcoats shall take
      your guns,flog you,and lock you in your own safe.

      Give us a kiss.

      May 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Flogged By The British

        THWACK!

        May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bo

    Terrible tragedy in Oklahoma, very sad. I would appreciate more facts and less emotional distortion to enhance your ratings. The F-4 and 5 tornado frequency is half of what it was in the 1950-60s. The data is clear. The evidence shows tornado's even stronger, scientifically speaking, in 1890s and 1925 (Three state tornado) . I am a big fan Mr. Morgan , but we need facts. Thank you

    May 21, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Peasants Are Revolting

      Well,here's a fact:there seems to be a production-line scenario
      around them these days,Alabama getting 240+ in 2011.

      Don't remember that being the case before,but I think I'll read the
      peerless National Geographic rather than listen to you:you come
      across as pious,and there's enough smug Yanks on here as it is.

      (Do you wear a bow-tie?)

      May 21, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob Smith

        There were nearly 1,700 reported tornadoes in 2011 according to the National Weather service. Having 14% of those tornadoes in one state doesn't seem all that outrageous when you consider that the vast majority of tornadoes occur in relatively few states.

        May 21, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. denise

    thats why people need to accept God

    May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • derp

      God just used a tornado to wipe out an entire town and murder a bunch of school children.

      Why on earth would I want to accept such a monstrous dick head?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gregory Shepherd

        Weell,I guess you're just trying to goad us with your blasphemy,but we're more concerned with Oklahoma so find another
        blog or sit under a bridge.

        May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        Derp, I hope you change your views soon before your time comes. Best thing now is to pray for those who survive and need help.

        May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Layla

    Um, I think we got some mis-information on Piers Morgan Last nght. He reported over 90 deaths, but this morning it's back dwn to 24....someone got Loosey Goosey with importat news

    May 21, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chicken Licken

      Nooow,don't you start with Loosey,Layla (Loose Layla...),we had
      Rumsfeld and Henny Penny last week (heard that live on the radio,
      and watched the tumbleweed blow through my own kitchen) reprised
      when he's plugging his book!!

      Nursery rhymes?

      You crazy Yanks...(but I love you).

      May 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. The Mad Scientist?

    Anyone know much about this Bill Nye? Like someone out the '50s...

    ('Heroes' springs to mind.)

    Can be a wee bit unhinged,scientists,and we owe them everything,
    but they can also have mildew ALL OVER their house,and give you
    a shiver down your spine delivering their newspaper.

    May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob Smith

      Bill Nye is a TV personality. He used to have a show called "Bill Nye the Science Guy". But he seems to have morphed himself into some sort or expert on everything science. I remember not to long ago he was discussing another topic–it might have been crude oil–where he was way off base, but people still listened like he was an expert.

      May 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Larry

    Hi Piers! What about more people are moving into the Tornado Zone?

    May 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jon Golden

    Piers, at least get a climate scientist to answer a climate question.. While Nye might be a eloquent speaker his engineering degree qualifies him to build roads and bridges, not comment with any level of detail on weather OR climate. I doubt if you would want to fly in an airplane designed by someone with an honorary degree (he has 3).. If your motive is to push an agenda, I am certain you can find a climate scientist (one with a climatology degree) to help push for or against. what ever agenda you wish.. but I don't think research has been shown that bad weather is directly related to climate change. BTW only 2 of the 25 deadliest tornados records have occurred in this Century

    May 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bob

    Apparently, Piers can't find a credible climatologist to make the linkage between a perceived climate change and tornado activity so he grabbed an actor who plays a scientist on children's television. Hope he was payed scale for his performance.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kent

    Bill Nye isn't a scientist, climatologist, ecologist, or any other ologist. He plays one on a kids tv show. If warmer temps are to blame why don't we have more tornadoes in July and August than we do in April and May? Piers and CNN have no credibility with anyone that isn't a low information voter.

    May 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BarbFears

      Maybe next week he could interview Capt. Kirk about the finding on Mars and the Sun. CNN – you are useless. Morgan, you are a liar.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Carroll

    geez, i'd rather listen to thousands of scientists around the world than idiots like Hannity and Rush.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      Well, Bill Nye is NOT a scientist. He only plays one on TV – seriously...

      May 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BarbFears

      Maybe you like listening to the scientists that got caught lying about global warming and not to the ones who tell a difference story. I guess you prefer lies to truth, just sayin...

      May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Gregory Shepherd

    Just watched ABC News[UK edit],whole prog devoted to that
    damn thing–it's Katrina levels,no doubt,I'm freakin' out at the
    sheer scale of it,never seen a tornado that big.Nature is kickin'
    our a$$,and there's not a damn thing we can do about it.Those
    people are gonna need a lot of help,and the most generous nation
    on Earth needs to help itself:you can sit on your own with 20 guns
    waiting on imaginary mobs who were never there,or you can help
    your fellow American.I've seen white men hugging black men as close
    to them as they can in a country that's had a Civil War,Segregation,and
    lynch mobs,CLEAR evidence America has evolved,and it needs to do
    the same with guns.But today it's tornadoes.

    (Remember,folks,Katrina levels,they need help:I'm gonna make a donation.)

    Love,commitment,and prayers to dear Oklahoma,

    Greg,x

    May 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Clayton

    Did Bill Nye just seriously imply that its the victim's fault for not living underground?

    May 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gregory Shepherd

      Can't watch [UK],but he looks like a serious fruitcake;got another posting,I think further up,on Aberdeen scientists who you
      never saw in a silent house...

      May 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Gregory Shepherd

    Sobriquet 'The Mad Scientist?' on that one.

    May 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. HJC

    Hey Piers – Why do Americans have these crazy tornadoes? In England there are no such tornadoes. The rate of tornadoes in Europe is tiny compared to the US.

    We need ant-tornado legislation now!

    May 22, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Set To Be Flogged By The British ...

      HJC!

      [Drum-roll.]

      For the crime of sarcasm and bad spelling this cheeky illiterate
      American yob shall be flogged repeatedly 'cos we like it like that.

      'ant tornado'

      Well,Drone #1832645986372 of Colonnus Britannicus ( Mk II )
      also known as HJC can count his lucky Stars we're not the
      French who would stake him next to an ant-HILL smeared with
      molasses as standard punishment for runaways.

      And mutineers...

      May 23, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Flogged By The British ...

        THWACK!

        May 23, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. buccakenji

    The storm happened. They have happened before. Quite a stretch Mr.Bill Nye to suggest storms will happen again. Wow !

    Stellar journalism Piers. Idiot. . . . . .

    May 22, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. oldpatriot

    Brilliant, its going to rain again, its going to snow again, there will be another hurricane, tornado, flood etc....
    It takes such a keen mind to predict that the weather will continue to happen in the future that I am amazed that Bill Nye hasn't received the Nobel in Physics for this astonishing revelation!

    May 22, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Bob Smith

    Learned something new on CNN yesterday. Ironically, it completely obliterates Billy Nye's claim that global warming will mean more tornadoes. You see, 2012 was a very slow year for tornadoes. 2013 has also been a slow year (number of tornadoes, not damage obviously). Reason for this is the droughts. And 2013 is even slower due to cool weather.

    So since the climate scientists are predicting more droughts for the Central US, and since droughts result in fewer toradoes, it stands to reason that climate scientists should also be reporting that we will see fewer tornadoes, not more.

    May 22, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Steve

    I may have a solution which may minimise tornados from happening or from generating into a monster like in Oklahoma but only once spotted earlier enough by individual tornado scientist spotters. Early stage tornados should be able to be controlled, if scientist can come up with an idea which can minimise disruption and save more life's !

    May 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. spockmckoy

    this guy is really smart. he can predict there will be another tornado. dang, I thought it only happened one time on this planet.......

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Romulan Not Remus

    Back to Vulcan,McCoy...

    May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Dr Know

    I don't know about you but I'm sure glad I can get such enlightening information from knowledgeable scientists likes of Piers and Bill. CNN has become such a joke of a news source.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. ItSoNlYmE

    I love Bill Nye to death. But really – y'think there might be another killer tornado? Just because there's been at least one every year since eternity, you think there's the possibility of just one more? Gosh, I'd never have guessed that Bill!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack The Ripper

      You love him to death? Why? Are you on the computer all the time? (Me too,luv.)

      He reminds me of a weird scientist in Scotland with mildew all over his house.Creeepy.

      So...you want to kidnap and kill him? Does that mean he won't be on CNN anymore?

      Don't let ME stop ye,luv...

      May 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Private Personal Training Long Island

    Bill Nye, you are amazing. I love his explanations, I have since I was a young child. Even though he was most popular with children, I still take what he says seriously and value his opinion.

    January 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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