Global warming is tough to call here. When it's snowing in Iran! When
it snows in South Africa and the other day I'm freezing cold on the
highway. Sounds like to me God is in control of all this anyways.
Guess all these presidential candidates who talk about global warming
should stop flying their jets! The only global warming that I hear is
the hot air coming out of these people's mouth...lol.. lol.. Sad to
hear about these deaths. There are more people today then ever, seems
that would only make sense there would be more deaths. Well
anyways...praying for you all out there in the Tornado alley!
Posted by Jacob | February 6, 2008
Stop calling this an "act of global warming". Do some research, this
is the time of year for the southern states to get severe weather
(late fall to early spring), it happens every year. This is one of
those systems that everything came together in the right area at the
right time. Read the story above, the area of high pressure of the SE
coast was pumping in warm, moist air off the gulf, while an area of
low pressure with a cold front was pulling cooler, drier air in behind
it(if you want to see it take place watch the 48 hr water vapor loop).
If this was global warming this would be "old news" because it would
be happening more frequently, its not, its called a severe weather
outbreak. It happens almost every year (different parts of the country
depending on the time of year). In about a month or two we'll be
talking about the same thing, just in the central plains from SD to
TX. In late spring into summer, my neck of the woods, the upper
mid-west to the gulf coast and when we get back to fall it'll shift
back to the southeast. Do some research into global warming, and I'm
not talking about Al's movie (I've seen it and yes I do believe it)
but its not happening like everyone thinks it is. One half of a degree
rise of the water temp in the gulf will not cause this outbreak!!! As
a storm chaser, part of me wishes I could have been there to witness
history taking place, but as I watched the radar last night, I knew it
was really bad and I wished that everyone would be alright.
Posted by Nick | February 6, 2008
Gimme a break on the attempt to global warming linkage, please! It is
nonsense to try to equate any single weather event, no,attter how
extraordinary, to global warming. I supppose then, that the extreme
arctic cold over Minnesota (coldest in 10 years) last week was global
cooling? Tragic though this tornado event was, it's well within the
standard deviations for weather. Please recall that just 10 years ago,
in February of 1998, nighttime tornadoes claimed some 30 lives in
central Florida. Take Care, CJF
Posted by Cameron Foster | February 6, 2008
Those who attribute every significant weather event to "global
warming" are those that are in need of a clue. This is isn't the first
set of tornados to hit this area of the country, and won't be the
last. If you are a scientist, then work to prove the correlation. If
not, you're simply one of those who look at this with something akin
to a religious faith.
Posted by GBS | February 6, 2008
There are no knowledgeable people at the National Weather Service
(NWS) on how global warming might be affecting weather conditions from
what I could tell during my 29 years of experience with NWS. NWS was a
roadblock to research by it's own employees on climate change and
global warming since Al Gore became Vice President in 1993.
Posted by Pat Neuman | February 6, 2008
Climates change. That's what climates do. Call it global warming if
you wish, but in the grand scheme of things, climate change is inevitable.
Posted by Thatguy | February 6, 2008
I don't think it is Global Warming, I think this is Someones way of
punishing Tennessee for nominating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic
Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008
This is not global warming. you have a subperminent Low in the
norhthern pacific and subperminent high in the atlantic. both of these
systems meander over the coarse of the year and both had a heavy
influence (especially the high) If anything this was a matter of
timing. if you think global warming is real do me a favor. take a look
at record high tempratures in the winter time at any city, and any
time of the year. there is no pattern of recorde highs and lows. its
competely scattered I was a meteoroligt for the navy and have been
studying weather for a long time. I have no reason to beilive in any
of it because think about how many times this year record cold and
warmth have been set in the states I would love to debate this issue.
and believe me i can. but i have to get back to typeing my cost
report. God bless the families that have been affected by yesterday's
outbreak and those who lost their lives
Posted by joseph dawson | February 6, 2008
I believe that the current long term weather pattern is attributed to
el nino's sister, la nina.
Posted by Colby | February 6, 2008
It's very easy to site global warming but it is rather rediculous when
you take into consideration the very cold temperatures experienced in
the northeast and midwest since december.
Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008
I wouldn't say the weather event last night was related to global
warming considering more devastating weather events have occurred long
before global warming was even a wide spread topic. Having said that,
no matter what the cause, there is no doubt last nights storms were
something definitely out of the ordinary. We all need to say a prayer
for the families of the victims. I live in Middle Tennessee and was
fortunate to have not been directly in the path of those powerful
storms. By the way, do we know yet how large the tornadoes where?
Posted by Kelli | February 6, 2008
Isolated incidents are not indicative of global warming. Consider
China's paralyzing record snowfall they had last week, or Georgia's 4"
of snowfall earlier this year, or the snowfall received in the lower
elevations of Southern California's Grapevine Hill, or the snow in
Saudi Arabia two weeks ago which was deep enough for them to make
snowmen. Many years ago, Greenland was a rich farming region, and
geologists have discovered evidence of flourishing animal and plant
life in Antarctica's past. Regional, short-term trends, whether
warming or cooling cannot give us an accurate overall picture of the
Earth's temperature cycles. I would be careful to avoid jumping on
bandwagons for either side. It is also wise to critique the findings
of scientists. Many of the scientists who submitted thier reports for
the Kyoto conference were not climatologists. Science is supposed to
be un-biased, with double-blind independent studies, but have
unfortunately been compromised by seeking to please those who source
their funding. If meteorologists have difficulty predicting a weather
pattern with a great degree of certainty for a period beyond two
weeks, do we really believe it can accurately be accomplished for a
moment 50 years in the future?
Posted by Dan | February 6, 2008
Allen and julie, at some point I'll post another entry on the
connection between global warming and weather (most recent one was
, but in the meantime:
Although there's always natural variability involved, and in this case
some aspects of the overall pattern are also consistent with what one
would expect with a strong La Nina present, as we have now, that's not
enough to explain the series of highly anomalous tornado outbreaks
that have occurred since October or the surges of surreally warm air.
And before anyone points to the recent cold weather, the extremity of
the warmth and chill have not been equal. Despite the cold snaps in
January, which got a lot of attention from the media and the public
because of the playoff game in Green Bay, record highs last month in
the U.S. outnumbered record lows by a ratio of 4 to 1.
Posted by Stu Ostro | February 6, 2008
I agree with you Allen. I'm up here in MD and it's about 70 degrees.
Very unusual for February. These kind of storms should be developing
in Summer, not now. I think we've just seen the beginning. I'm going
to predict Summer is going to bring us some of the worst and most
severe weather we've ever seen.
Posted by Jamie | February 6, 2008
I would have to say that yesterday (Tuesday) was a prime example of
Global Swarming! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, naysayers! When
are we gonna get the clue; what will it take?
Posted by Allen | February 6, 2008
I would like to know how much of this weather could be attributed to
global warming? It seems we are having a very unusual winter. Is this
an "el Nino" effect? Hopefully knowledgeable people will inform us.
Posted by julie | February 6, 2008