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So far, 2015 seems to be a bad year for the ‘severe weather caused by climate change” meme

Looks like another “divergence problem” as tornadoes don’t follow the climatology From NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: NORMAN, Okla. During a month when severe weather typically strikes, this March has been unusually quiet, with no tornado or severe thunderstorm watches issued by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center so far. And, National Weather Service forecasters see no sign…

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UI researchers link smoke from fires to tornado intensity

Can smoke from fires intensify tornadoes? Study finds smoke from Central America intensified 2011 tornadoes “Yes,” say University of Iowa researchers, who examined the effects of smoke–resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America–transported across the Gulf of Mexico and encountering tornado conditions already in process in the United States. The UI study, published…

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Possible record low number of tornadoes in Oklahoma

From Oklahoma Mesonet – State Climatologist Gary McManus – (h/t to WUWT reader Patricia) Will Oklahoma set a tornado record this year?? Finally, a climate/weather extreme we can all be happy about…a possible record low number of tornadoes this year. I’ve done all the searching/perusing/data mining allowed on a browser for OK tornado counts this…

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Statement from the Open Atmospheric Society on the paper ‘Peak tornado activity is occurring earlier in the heart of “Tornado Alley”‘

From The Open Atmospheric Society http://theoas.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sept 19th, 2014 Statement from the Open Atmospheric Society on the paper ‘Peak tornado activity is occurring earlier in the heart of “Tornado Alley” ‘ (DOI: 10.1002/2014GL061385) The recent paper by Long and Stoy published September 10th, 2014 in Geophysical Research Letters and sent out…

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Claim: Tornadoes occurring earlier in “Tornado Alley”

From the American Geophysical Union | WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in “Tornado Alley” better prepare for these violent…