The government posts before-and-after aerial photos of Joplin.
It is all but impossible for most of us to visualize the horrific damage caused by the Joplin tornado, now rated as an EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the strongest designation possible.
This afternoon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted aerial images of Joplin from before and after the tornado hit.
Here is the link. It is a large file, so give a few minutes to download.