Due to Monday evening’s tornado in Birmingham and from a presentation I made last week, the questions are flowing,
Is climate change causing more violent tornadoes?
The dashed orange line shows the downward trend of violent tornadoes (F-4 or EF-4 or stronger on the Fujita Scale) since the 1950’s. In 2018, we didn’t have a single violent tornado anywhere in the United States.
This is one of the benefits of a warmer climate. However, fewer tornadoes and the other benefits do not outweigh the wisdom of decarbonizing our energy supply.