OKLAHOMA CITY (March 15, 2013)—As the planet heats up, many scientists seem fairly certain that some weather phenomena such as hurricanes and droughts will worsen, but tornadoes have them stumped.
The unpredictable tornadic storms plague the United States more than any other country and as tornado season nears, scientists have been pondering whether there will be more or fewer twisters as global warming increases?
There is no easy answer.
Lately, tornado activity in America has lurched from one extreme to the other, and scientists are unsure if climate change has played a role in recent erratic patterns.
In 2011, the United States saw its second deadliest tornado season in history, with nearly 1,700 twisters that killed 553 people.
The following year there were twice as many tornadoes as usual through April, and then the twisters suddenly disappeared.