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Tornado Season Likely to Expand Due to Climate Change

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While climatologists caution that one should not attempt to prove climate change on the basis of single weather events--it's the long-term trends that matter--data hints that tornadoes maybe arriving earlier

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 4:25 pm
Good to know. Thanks for posting.

William K (308)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:31 pm
Between the droughts and the increased number, frequency, and magnitude of tornadoes, I'm wondering if we might start seeing an out migration from tornado alley in the future.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 3:19 am

Edo R (71)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:24 am
Thanks for sharing!

Michela M (3964)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:28 am


Ava A (11)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 10:26 am
Thanks for the info!
So sad to see what Global Warming can do

Nicole W (646)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 10:42 am
mankind has mucked it all up, we did this :-(

Kimberly McMahen (25)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:26 am
“All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
― Chief Seattle
Mankind's arrogance will be it's downfall.

Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:52 am
Thanks for sharing Cal, this is certainly not good news for people living in the areas affected by tornadoes.

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:21 pm
Time to move underground. Leave the car in a concrete dome and walk down stairs to the house.

David C (131)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:25 pm
noted....more mosquitoes, ticks, and hungry bears also!

Kathryn B (11)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:32 pm
ALL of this was predicted over 40 years ago as the industrial revolution went global. We have destroyed most of the large areas of forest that helped sustain and contain extreme weather conditions like this. It's time to dial back on human over-population. Just putting energy into controlling our plague-like numbers will make a big difference.

Janet G (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:50 pm

Cynthia C (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:05 pm
People need to stop thinking they can find safety in a mobile home. It would be like being in a bouncy house during a wind storm.

cecily w (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:06 pm
Thanks. We are surely having more than our "share" in Missouri the last couple of years.

Seth E (81)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:18 pm
I read another article recently that mentioned about what used to be called the "100 year storms" which were called that because storms of such severity happened very rarely, but these have been happening with greater frequency in recent years.

I don't know how many more things like this need to happen before the doubters will finally admit that there is climate change, and it has been worsened through human activities, and we need to make immediate changes to prevent its further acceleration.

Everyone needs to remember: Earth existed long before we did, but we've never lived anywhere else, so Earth is likely to continue to exist long after we're gone, but if we don't keep this place hospitable enough to allow us to survive on it, we'll only be hastening our end.

yana dimitrova (37)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

Mario A (52)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:28 pm
We were talking about this at our house last week about tornado's happening earlier this year and so many that touched down last year.

Eddie O (95)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 1:37 pm
The three poisons of: Greed, Anger, and Foolishness are certainly very prevelent in our world, and have caused massive damage over the decads. Hopefully we will someday learn before it's truly too late.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:08 pm
No surprise, really

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:20 pm
I expect this year to be worse than last year, southern Illinois has seen some wicked tornadoes over the years.

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:25 pm
Well, people don't want to make changes in their lives and so this is what is happening. Even the east coast had a whopper of a tornado. not everyone can live in a home with no energy output or drive an electric car but the steps that are possible must be taken because it sure isn't going to get any better the way things are going.

Tracey O (38)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:28 pm
Great article so thanks to Cal. I have been waiting to see if any network news program or anyone would come out & say this bad storm was probably climate change. Here in Louisiana we have not had hardly any winter at all so I expect a very bad summer indeed. Seth asked about the deniers & the US could be half under the ocean & they will still deny. I am afraid we are already too late.

Hannah Metcalf (44)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 3:50 pm
This weather is freaking me out. Still waiting for winter here in Missouri

jayasri amma (10)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:07 pm
Good to know. Thanks for posting

jayasri amma (10)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:07 pm
This weather is freaking me out

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:34 pm
I blame mountain top mining on some of the severity of the tornadoes. There is no barrier to separate one area from another.

Julia R (296)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:59 pm
This article makes us all do a reality check on what is really happening and how long can the politicians continue to still delude a substantial majority of people into thinking that we can go on the same destructive path as these tornadoes, floods, and droughts are becoming worse and pose real threats to the viability of communities and to the survival needs of global populations. So the governments have committed to not letting global temps. rise above 2 degrees celsius, but they are not really making any major changes in our lifestyle, on our dependence on fossil fuels and in making the changes now that we need to do to make this even possible! Also, if we're having the kinds of storms and the glacier meltdown that we're seeing at the current increase in global temp. since the Industrial Revolution, imagine what could happen at 2 degrees celsius. If past is prologue, didn't the leaders of other civilizations continue in their extravagant and wasteful lifestyles until it was too late to do anything? Has history really taught us anything? It seems as if we continue to make the same mistakes and ignore all the warnings until it's too late. It's rather ironic that with our big brains we still can't seem to see the obvious! Thanks Cal for sharing this article.

Gary C (5)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:17 pm
Noted , Thankyou....

Sonny Honrado (5)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:30 pm

James E (16)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 9:07 pm
If the GOP & TP make additional political gains this November, America will do less and less to slow climate change, and even reverse what progress has been made.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 9:22 pm
I feel for all that go thru them.Hurricans are bad enough, but tornadoes you don't have much warning

Andrea A (11)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 11:56 pm
Noted, thanks.

Georgia L (209)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:13 am
And here I thought they didn't pray hard enough according to Pat Robertson. We need to convince him that they are 'rapture tubes.'

Lloyd H (46)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:09 am
There is also growing evidence bordering on proof that Tornado Alley has and is moving North. This move being caused by City Warming Areas slowing the cooler air and frontal systems from the North allowing the warm humid Southern fronts to progress father North before the two collide. There is also evidence that the growing Warmer Urban Micro-climates are essentially becoming stronger Tornado/Storm magnets leading to more and more direct hits or stronger intensity over high population areas. Just stop and think about how many more direct hits of devistating force are on urban centers rather than rural areas.

Linda Clarkson Pressman (80)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:46 am
thanks for the info its good to know

Cynthia Nelson (8)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:39 am
Scary...and very concerned over this. Last year was bad enough. What happened in Indiana, Ky this past week was so devastating. I fear this is a hint of what is to come on a much more frequent basis.

Carmen S (611)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:40 am
noted, thanks Cal, there were some very bad tornadoes not too far from here recently, and seems like the storms are getting worse

Jason S (50)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:58 am
Good to know

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 11:52 am
Very interesting.

. (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:24 pm
I think that William K has made a good point when he asks "if we might start seeing an out migration from tornado alley ...."; no doubt those who have the means to do so will move, this will no doubt include large companies and industry. Regretably what will be left, should such a thing happen, is that a large area will be created housing mainly those who are too poor to move and will find it increasingly difficult to get a job. There are no easy answers to this, particularly not all the time Governments are bombarded by the arguments as to whether or not global warming is a reality! By the time everyone accepts there is it will be too late to do anything about it!

Jennifer M (78)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:21 pm
Scary!! I live in North Texas. Since I moved here 6 years ago, the tornado activity seems to increase yearly :(

Ray M (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:10 pm
You'll never convince the corporate mafia and their prostitute republicon politicians. They'll figure out a way to blame it on President Obama. Can't you just wait for the "breaking news" from FAUX Noise and Rush, the devil himself, hate radio..."God is punishing the U.S. for electing a socialist muslim who hangs out with terrorists."

Andrea A (11)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 12:54 am
Thanks for sharing.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 1:09 am
Noted, thanks.

James E (16)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 9:30 am
The state with the most tornadoes on record shifted east to Alabama after last year’s record number. Add to that, the season has started even earlier this year, and Alabama has added more to the list. While it may well be to early to make solid predictions for the future, the indicators do not look good. Unfortunately the GOP & TP, and conservatives in general, “head in the sand” approach (or head some place else), bodes ill for the nation and the world. Once definitive proof is there, reversing the process may no longer be possible.

What I have never understood, is what is wrong with cleaner air, cleaner water, less waste of resources, less trash, and so forth? From an economic standpoint, where cost is the big boogey man for conservatives, why not create jobs and make money going green than staying sooty and dirty? I guess the saying holds true, “stupid is, as stupid does.”

Michela M (3964)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 9:33 am
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Sunday March 11, 2012, 6:32 am

Dawn M (142)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 4:44 pm

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 12:25 pm
Noted Cal :-0 thanx for posting :-)

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 12:26 pm
Noted and thanx Cal for posting :-0

Michela M (3964)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 6:10 pm

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Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 8:28 am
Noted for original news Thanx Michela :-0
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