Posted by: coastlinesproject | June 2, 2011

Tornadoes and Global Warming.

Of course the big news in New England this morning are the multiple tornadoes that destroyed several communities in Western Massachusetts. The question on everyone’s mind is, are all the floods, tornadoes and other examples of severe weather somehow related to global warming. Of course we cant judge by a single storm or even a single year of bad weather but we now have had almost a decade of increased floods and severe weather events. I think we can say that global warming has increased the gradient between warm and cold fronts and alterred the intensity of El Nino and La Nina events that tend to steer our weather patterns. These climatic oscillations are the direct proximate cause of our recent weather but global warming is the ultimate cause that is increasing the intensity and duration of these oscillations as well as times between the oscillations as seen in the last post about this year’s upcoming hurricane season.

Two quick corrections, the last post about piping Plovers was written by Rick Eldred and appeared in the Cape Codder not the Cape Cod Times.

I also mentioned that my books about Sea Level Rise and the Mississippi Floods could be accessed on Half of my books are on that site and half can be ordered through the University Press of New England at

Attached is a piece about New Englan’s Tornadoes.

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