Hell Winds Kill Hundreds

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Published on: May 27, 2011

On the planets of Central Kroy a horrible rash of violent, twisting storms called spinners have been been cutting a destructive swash across the landscape. This year’s growing season has seen an unusual number of the storms. In an age where spinners can be easily predicted and people in their path warned, the death toll has already surpassed 125 in one system alone. With spinners even appearing simultaneously across three separate planets, scientists and the public are starting to ask: can this pattern be evidence of galactic climate change?

The unusual amount of storms in Central Kroy have been blamed on a number of things: communities ravaged by the recession have put off purchasing new planet-wide warning systems. Lack of shelter pod regulation means a small percentage of the population have no place to go in case of danger. Better technology needs to be developed to predict where the next storm will hit. But this is not the first unusual, multi-planet weather occurrence in the Kroy.

The intensity and frequency of the storms has increased throughout Central Kroy. This year the synchronized flooding that took place along Central Kroy’s main waterway planets was at a 100 year high. And all of these unusual events seem to increasingly tie into scientists’ theories that galaxy-wide radiation exposure is slowly changing each planet’s weather system for the worst.

But what evidence ties these new, deadly storms into galactic radiation? Having spinners in the growing seasons is nothing new for Kroy planets. The large, destructive storms have been spotted ever since Central Kroy was colonized, and they are a mainstay on rural planets. For many years, because of their ability to sprout quickly and their unpredictable nature, Spinners were feared. But with a greater analysis of meteorological conditions on all central Kroy planets have allowed Kroy scientists to predict where and when these storms will strike next.

But the storms that are popping up this season don’t conform to any of the existing standards. Normally the storms are smaller, and are only strong enough to damage shelter pods and anyone foolish enough to be outside. Though spinners strong enough to destroy buildings happen at least once a year, they are a far rarer occurrence. But this season the spinners have been massive. One that spawned near the sub-station Jonlip was large enough to engulf and decimate a fully shielded sub-station. Every window in a nearby med station was destroyed, and the medical records contained within were found on the opposite side of the planet.

A regular year would only see about a dozen serious storms, but this year there have been 70 and more seem to be on the way, but severe weather has been changing across the galaxy. Galaxy-wide weather patterns known as ‘The Boy’ (heating of rural systems) and ‘The Girl’ (cooling of rural systems) have been more drastically polarized. This was initially pointed to as a possible cause for the storms, but scientists confirm that this is more a symptom of a bigger atmospheric problem than a reason for the current weather abnormalities.

The only way this many changes in independent weather systems would happen is if something was effecting them at the same time. Scientists point to the fact that the radiation exposure has heated up the temperature of the atmospheres it touches, causing warmer and wetter growing seasons. And the increasingly wetter weather spawns an increase of severe rainstorms. Storms that produce flooding, drown crops and creep, and set off spinners.

As the weather changes brought on by galactic radiation increase, its likely that they will cause some of the worse storms the galaxy has ever seen are right around the corner.

The tragedy of the destruction and death still continues in Central Kroy. More storms are predicted to spawn as the week goes on. Those who have access to the information and the technology to predict where the storms may hit next are working overtime to prevent the further loss of human life. But the greatest preventative measure that should be taken is a serious look into why this storm season was different from the ones that came before it.


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