QUESTION TEXT: The number of tornadoes recorded annually in…
QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
FACTS: We spot more tornados, but weather scientists say that no more tornados are forming.
ANALYSIS: The LSAT loves to point out the difference between what we think we know and how things actually are in the real world. We see statistics, and mistake them for absolute truth. Statistics are not reality; they’re just our attempt at measuring reality.
We don’t see every tornado that ever occurs. Some are very small, and some happen in isolated places like deserts. Some tornados that are seen might not get reported. So official statistics do not accurately count the actual number of tornados.
The right answer should show us the difference between reality and statistics.
- This doesn’t matter, as long as meteorologists knew the factors well from 1953 onwards. The comparison is between 1953 and now.
- The question talks about the number of tornados. Intensity doesn’t matter.
- So? It’s still true that we have more than three times the number of tornados we had in 1953. This just means that the increase has slowed recently.
- Same as B. The question is about the number of tornadoes. Property damage is irrelevant.
- CORRECT. This will increase the number of tornados recorded. If authorities can’t detect a tornado then they can’t record it. But the number of tornados that actually occur stays the same whether or not we detect them.
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