Tornadoes are known as some of the most devastating weather events, but tornado outbreaks are more dangerous because they are almost impossible to predict. More than thirty tornadoes hit the Southeast last week while scientists were trying to establish the cause of those outbreaks.
Unfortunately, seven people died, whereas other three living in a mobile home also lost their lives when the big tornado hit Rosalie. A fourth person survived, but with serious injuries. Another incident took place in Tennessee. Based on the latest reports, four people died, and minimum twelve others were severely injured when the devastating storm touched down.
The tornado outbreaks occurred in many states across the country, including Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. A group of researchers from the Columbia University is conducting a comprehensive investigation to find more out about these tornado outbreaks.
They have come to the conclusion that climate change might represent a major factor influencing the occurrence of these sudden weather events. More precisely, the scientists say that warming temperatures are caused by climate change. Therefore, these warming temperatures facilitate the formation of a tornado.
The experts are also concerned that the number of tornado outbreaks will increase over the next few years. Wetter and warmer conditions create the ideal environment for a tornado. Nevertheless, the scientists were not able to find a clear connection between climate change and the high prevalence of those tornado outbreaks.
According to Michael Tippett, the study author of the latest study and a mathematician at Columbia University, if climate change is not to blame for this outbreak, then the answer lies in other meteorological signatures which experts cannot understand yet.
Based on the statistics, the median number of tornadoes which touched down over the past five decades has remained stable. However, the most dangerous tornado outbreaks are caused when multiple twisters form as part of one massive storm, and the problem is that the number of these outbreaks has increased substantially in recent years.
Tippett explains that there are many factors influencing weather, and the most important one in the formation of tornadoes is the circulation of warm water in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This circulation changes at every several decades, thus altering the weather patterns.
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