As weather patterns have begun to change over recent years due to rising global temperatures, it seems that our climate has become more violent and unpredictable. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, and blizzards have all been affected by the increase of heat energy in the atmosphere. Tornadoes are even becoming more frequent and severe.
Tornadoes hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee
During the final days of November, a series of severe thunderstorms hit the Southeastern United States, spawning deadly tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, at least five people were killed as a cluster of at least 18 tornadoes wreaked havoc across the Southeast over two days. Scientists have recorded larger tornado clusters in recent years, and they are having trouble determining the cause. Michael Tippett, a mathematician at Columbia University, says the number of tornadoes varies year to year but has a relatively consistent overall average. However, the number of tornadoes that occur in outbreaks is increasing. The most alarming news is that the most extreme outbreaks are increasing the fastest.
Changes in Weather
Climate change scientists theorize that warmer temperatures may be affecting how many tornadoes we see, since warm and wet conditions are best for forming tornadoes. However, many say that there are too many factors that affect weather and there is not enough evidence to directly blame higher temperatures.
Regardless of the cause, these outbreaks are bad news. A single tornado can create extensive property damage and loss of life. Now imagine the chaos that multiple tornadoes striking over a short time would cause. More and more people are in danger of violent weather. Insurance companies will have to process more and more claims and pay more to their customers. Storms will cripple communities and cause extensive loss of life.
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