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I am in fact recording this episode exactly 40 years to the day after the events I’m about to describe.
I have, for as long as I can remember been somewhat obsessed with tornadoes, and so likewise have long been familiar with what happened in Grand Island, Nebraska. When I began to research if there was enough material to use for the show, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 40th anniversary was nigh. And so, it was officially added to the lineup.
Despite my aforementioned obsession, I likewise acknowledge that tornadoes are probably the most terrifying force of nature in existence. They can upend people’s lives in just a few seconds. And so, I think its important that I curb my fascination with a recognition of their terrible reality that was experienced to the fullest by the people of Grand Island.
And so, I’d like to dedicate this episode to the people of Grand Island, especially those were there on that horrible night, to the heroes and first responder, as well as the ordinary citizen who risked their lives for their neighbors, all who, mere hours after the last tornado lifted, immediately began the sorrowful process of rebuilding. All of you how have within you a bravery that I cannot fathom, and it’s my hope that I have done justice to your deeds, and kept the memory of that night alive, in this almost episode called Supercell Over Grand Island.