Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Snapshots of Current Extreme Weather in the American Heartland

The ongoing drought in West Texas is the worst on record and dust storm conditions have developed.

 At the same time to the east, the Mississippi River has been experiencing record flooding, including at places like Vicksburg, MS:

USGS stream gauge record for Vicksburg, MS (click for larger image)
 Historic RR station in Vicksburg, MS -CNN (click for a larger image).
And in between drought and flood, we are in the midst of a multi-day tornado outbreak which produced the deadly EF5 that tore the heart out of Joplin, MO and is now producing hail, heavy rains, hail and of course more tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma:
Wedge tornado near Piedmont, OK, 5/24/11 - MSNBC (click for a larger image).
Again, any single extreme weather event cannot be attributed to climate change alone, but since climate is the expected weather based on avergaes, if extreme weather becomes the norm by definition the climate has changed.  Get that Inhofe?

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