Climate Change Alert: Where Have All The Tornadoes Gone?


Photo from NOAA

Of all the head scratcher headlines of the week, the Daily Caller’s “For the First Time Since 1969, No Tornadoes Were Reported in March” is my favorite.  The piece was published on the 18th, and as today is the 20th, March ain’t over yet.  However, the basic premise of the DC piece still holds – so far, it’s been an incredibly light year for tornadoes now that somebody mentioned it.  (To be honest, didn’t really notice.)

Not that we out here in the Midwest and Tornado Alley are complaining.  I mean, seriously, in the last five years, we’ve seen an unbelievable amount of damage from twisters, so the relief, however short lived, is welcome.  According to NOAA, so far in 2015, only 20 tornadoes have been reported compared to the normal 130.

Note from the Midwest: it’s only March 20.  Give it time.

It seems that the classic mix needed to spark the storms that give us the gigantic thunderstorms that produce hail, green skies, anvil clouds, doplar hooks, etc., has been in short supply this year.

“We’re in a persistent pattern that suppresses severe weather, and the right ingredients — moisture, instability, and lift — have not been brought together in any consistent way so far this year,” [Greg Carbin, a meteorologist at NOAA] said.

What caused THIS particular mix of atmospheric features wasn’t not made clear.  Just like the flood year, 1993, all the switches had to be thrown just right.  As usual with weather predictions, some things are just unpredictable.  And when we get stuck in a weather rut…

So, like the lack of major hurricanes to hit the mainland in the last 10 years, the number of tornadoes is down as well.   No one out here is complaining.  But still, it’s early.  No invoking climate change just yet.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.

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