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Was tornado outbreak related to climate change?

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By SUMAN NAISHADHAM and SETH BORENSTEIN

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Change is the nature of our universe... Nothin is static...

We haven't measured the phenomena for long enough and our measuring methods are questionable.

The truth is, nobody knows and nobody ever will...

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Absolutely. Anyone who says otherwise is an absolute moron. Or wait... did these places always have catastrophic tornadoes in DECEMBER, and has "Tornado Alley" not shifted to to the South-West instead of where it always has been?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

I vote yes.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Very likely. See what the climatologists say. Anyway, things of this unusual intensity just do not accidentally happen.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Nah. 1925 produced the infamous Tri-State tornado.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Probably not, but anything's possible.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Climate models predict a warming planet will cause more intense storms. It makes sense. Turn up the heat on a pot of water and what happens? More steam and it boils more intensely. Warmer air holds more moisture than cold air. Warmer air has more convection and convection is the necessary ingredient for thunderstorms and tornados.

Look at the damage! Even a modern concrete and steel building is nothing in the face of such force. You can build homes to withstand very large earthquakes with little damage, and you can chose a home that is not in a floodplain to avoid flood damage, but you can't do anything to protect your property from a tornado. And imagine sheltering in a basement while the rest of your house is scraped off its foundation and turned into splinters.

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It like a spring day, in fall, the equinox winter is next week

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

While I do believe in climate change. In this instance it cannot be determined. Tornadoes in December in Ky (where I grew up) are rare but not totally uncommon. You see them there every few years, just not at this intensity and they don’t usually stay on the ground that long. The average annual number of tornadoes in the US has remained relatively the same for the last 40 years.

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