Tornado aftermath: Tornado researchers keep an eye on changing climate

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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, September 25, 2018

Friday’s tornadoes follow two rounds of devastating flooding in our region in the spring and fall of 2017. The question inevitably comes up: Will we see more of these events in a changing climate?

The short answers: More flooding is quite likely. With tornadoes, experts don’t know, and it’s even possible that tornadoes could become less frequent in a warmer world.

We took our questions to experts in Kansas and Oklahoma, the heart of tornado country.

(...)Overall he expects that areas with fewer tornadoes today might get more in the future, while today’s tornado-prone areas may see fewer of them.