Check the forecast before you fly. (Patrick Price / Reuters)
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Here are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Click through to read the full stories.)

Christopher Vaccaro, a spokesman for the National Weather Service, on forecasting tornadoes: “If you were to go back and tell meteorologists in the 1970s we would be able to forecast these big events three to five days in advance, they would think you were experimenting in witchcraft.”

Mike Lawler, who gives tours of  a historic sanitarium: “Sure, we have ghosts. But it’s a pretty pleasant haunting.”

Laila Alawa, a Muslim writer, on the Islamic State: “I don’t believe in apologizing [for] or condemning the actions of people who are, frankly, pieces of shit who happen to call themselves Muslims.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)