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Is Climate Change Causing the Record-Breaking Tornadoes & Floods?

msnbc.com: Already this year, nearly 1,200 tornadoes have crisscrossed Tornado Alley, killing more than 500 people and leaving thousands more homeless. Meanwhile, twice as much rain fell in several states in the Ohio Valley this April than during any other April on record. It produced extreme floods in May, swelling the Mississippi River to a record depth of 60 feet. Many people are wondering: Is climate change to blame for the extreme weather? The tornadoes Several studies have investigated the relationship...

Climate Change in the Northland

msnbc.com: Climate change has been in headlines for more than a decade, but many don't understand the difference between climate and meteorology. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson helps clear up the misunderstanding. So you're in a thunderstorm. Lightning, wind and rain all around you. How did this storm develop? What conditions came together to make this storm happen? The answer lies in the interplay between climate and meteorology. "Weather is what you see day to day. Climate is the long term trends, the...

Warming behind wild tornado season?

msnbc.com: Some climate models suggest that a warming future could herald more intense storms like those that ripped through the Southeast on Wednesday night. But that doesn't mean the southern storms and tornadoes were a manifestation of climate change, climate scientists say. That's because teasing out the influence of climate on weather takes time. "The impacts of climate change on any weather events will likely only be seen in the statistics -- more rainfall that occurs in intense bursts, more overall...