Thursday May 30th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Tornadoes And Climate Change…Part Two
I am happy to report that after today the threat of widespread tornadic outbreaks will be diminishing greatly across the United States into June since the highly amplified weather pattern that has led to more than 500 reports of funnels in May is breaking down.
While tornadoes are on everyone’s mind let’s look at more science relating how our changing climate is affecting tornadoes. I’ve already posted some information here via Climate Central:
I am posting this Inside Climate News link just written today on the subject of tornadoes, which I encourage all to read in its entirety:
Is Climate Change Fueling Tornadoes?
Studies suggest an increase in tornado swarms and possible shifts in storm tracks, but what about global warming connections? Here’s what scientists had to say.
By Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News
May 30, 2019
A deadly tornado outbreak in 2011 spurred a new wave of research into global warming and tornado activity. Credit: Jason Weingart/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
More scientific trends are reported here:
It’s been my experience as a meteorologist looking at the climate crisis that stronger ridges going into June have limited tornadic outbreaks during that month, and warmer, earlier springs have led to larger outbreaks earlier in March and April. I can definitely see a shift towards an earlier tornadic season.
Sometimes, though, as has been the case from 2016-2018, there has been a sharp decrease in tornadic activity across the U.S. due to a weakening jet stream those years during the spring. Other changes such as tornadic strength I’ve found very subtle, though. We will probably see more definite trends by the year 2030 with the 2020s being a true test.
Here is some more climate and weather news from Thursday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”