I think it's more that weather events are sensationalized beyond all comparison to anything we saw growing up. Katrina set the stage with people staying despite warnings and living in a swamp to start with. The news loved it, as much because they could blame the adminstration in DC as for the ratings and advertising revenue, not to get political. But Katrina is down the list a ways as far as actual loss of life, and we count every storm related death these days, so we come up with about 1200. The Galveston hurricane around the turn of the 19th century had about 8,000 known deaths, and who knows how many more they don't know of. Common sense was a lot more common back then, so I think a fair percentage of the Katrina deaths weren't storm related, but stupidity related myself. Either way, every storm is "The Storm of the Century" now and they're even naming snow storms these days. IMO a lot of this is human ego and greed mixed in with hubris and some sort of societal death wish/nature getting even type psychosis. But then, I left a cushy job making lots of money and went into sheep farming, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt...Anybody with sense would know that sky means big trouble. I may be wrong, but I get the idea that 'weather sense' is not as prevalent among our citizens as it was years ago.