Scientists Make Progress in Assessing Tornado Seasons
A new study of short-term climate trends offers the first framework for predicting tornado activity up to a month out with current technology, and possibly further out as climate models improve, giving communities a chance to plan. The study, authored by IRI's Michael Tippett and colleagues at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, may also eventually open a window on whether tornadoes are growing more frequent due to long-term climate warming.
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