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While the debate rages on about how much of a role climate change is playing in this year's destructive tornado season, NOAA has put together a time-lapse video of the tornadoes that occurred in April. It's quite eye opening.
NOAA notes that "April 2011 set a new record for the month with 875 tornadoes.The previous record was set in April 1974 with 267 tornadoes."
Is it related to climate change? As Bill Mckibbon says with sarcasm thicker than peanut butter:
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week's shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn't mean a thing.
...It's far smarter to repeat to yourself the comforting mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change. There have been tornadoes before, and floods -- that's the important thing.
We can debate the extent to which climate change is impacting this record-setting tornado season, but the question of "if" seems to be beyond argument.
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