At AGU 2013: Are tornadoes getting stronger? No.

This AGU session asked that question directly and I covered this previously. Now that the video of the entire session is available, I thought it worth revisiting. Of course, the answer is “no”, even when they try to make a hockey stick out of it. Watch the video, especially at just before the 20 minute…

Are Tornadoes Getting Stronger? Rebuttal to Elsner et al.

By Paul Homewood http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Researchers-develop-model-to-correct-tornado-records   [Note Update Below] Quantification of long term tornado trends has been hampered by the fact that many more tornadoes are reported today than was the case in the past. NOAA summarise this well:- With increased national Doppler radar coverage, increasing population, and greater attention to tornado reporting, there has been…

NOAA’s claim on El Reno tornado may not hold up

Tornado Widths– NOAA Makes Changes In Procedure By Paul Homewood NOAA have claimed that the El Reno tornado, in Oklahoma in May, was the widest tornado on record. As I pointed out at the time, there was evidence to suggest that the width of earlier tornadoes had been underestimated. One tornado, in particular, Hale County,…

Preliminary Tornado Report for 2012: a low year

Guest post by Paul Homewood Although tornado numbers still need to be confirmed for November/December, NOAA have issued their report for 2012. It has been abundantly clear for several months that the year would be one of the quietest on record. I was therefore more than a little surprised to see this graph NOAA put…

Tornado Report – September 2012

Guest post by Paul Homewood The tornado season remained a quiet one in September. According to data from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, during September, there were 43 preliminary tornado reports. This is less than the 1991-2010 September average of 74 tornadoes, and marks the least active September in terms of tornado activity since 2009, when…