TV News LIES

Thursday, Mar 23rd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Global warming to make US conditions more ripe for tornado-making storms, study says

Global warming to make US conditions more ripe for tornado-making storms, study says

E-mail Print PDF

global warmingConditions that spawn severe thunderstorms – including tornado-makers – across the US are expected to appear more frequently by the end of the century, according to new research.

Until now, studies of the potential impact of global warming on severe and tornadic thunderstorms generally have concluded that a key element needed – a sudden change in wind speed or direction with altitude known as vertical wind shear – would weaken on average as the climate warmed.

This would deprive thunderstorms of the opportunity to grow to the most intense levels, even as three other key ingredients – warm surface temperatures, lots of moisture in the air near the ground, and cold air at higher altitudes – were abundant. It was tough to say whether global warming held the potential to boost the number of severe thunderstorms.

The new research confirms the general pattern of weaker shear over the US, on average, in a warmer world. But when the scientists conducting the modeling study burrowed into the numbers behind the average, they found that as the climate warmed, shear tended to strengthen on days when the other ingredients also were abundant. These other ingredients determine the potential energy available to form a thunderstorm – energy that climate and weather researchers refer to as convective available potential energy, or CAPE.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Sea ice shrinks to lowest recorded level at both the Arctic, Antarctic poles

Sea ice shrinks at both polesThe amount of sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic is at a record low...

Bald eagles: scientists decry overturn of ban that would save American symbol

Bald Eagle threatened by lifting of banHis head twisted almost upside down and his body all but paralyzed, the bald eagle sat...

'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

Extreme weather to continue after record 2016In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels...

Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change

James MattisSecretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!