On a personal level, there's a lot people could learn from all this heavy weather. My wife and I experienced a very small tornado about eight years ago. Living in an apartment, getting up for work around six am on a stormy day. Sure, we've all seen storms. we've all seen bad storms. But suddenly the sky turned black and the winds went berserk. It's like the weather just closed in on all our windows, kind of like a hand around a bug. It was very frightening. The whole thing lasted only 30 seconds or so. Nothing happened to us or our home but a tree right outside our window was pulled up by the roots and flung down like a weed.
The point is, even though this was only an F0 or at most an F1 tornado, it drove home the point that there are forces in the universe that are so much greater than we are -- even with our intelligence and our supposed "mastery" over our environment. In a way it was a little moment of ego death, a realization of where we really stand in the big picture.
You'd think that other people, faced with far greater devastation, might get this point as well. And then, hopefully, act upon it.
"Got any flies?"