It’s definitely tornado season and these high-powered storms show no signs of slowing down.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), about 1,200 tornadoes have touched down and destroyed neighborhoods across the United States this year. Some of these twisters have been rated an EF-5, the strongest possible level. Why so many terrible tornadoes?
Scientists point to several climate factors. Some say it’s because of La Niña’s exit, defined as “trade winds that cool the waters of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.” Others blame last winter’s record snowfalls and the hot conditions in the southwest. Last, it may just be a numbers game. Our population size was much lower ten years ago, so there are fewer people to spot and report tornadoes. Camera phones have come a long way!
So now we ask the community. Do you believe in the science or do you have your own theories? Tell us below.
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