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Did smoke from clearing farmland in Central America make the 2011 tornadoes worse?

A new study to be published in Geophysical Research Letters and described yesterday in National Geographic News indicates that smoke drifting north from burning farmlands in Central America may have enhanced the atmospheric instability on April 27, 2011, increasing the severity of already extreme tornadoes. A computer model which simulated…
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Happy birthday, National Weather Service!

On this date in 1870, the National Weather Service was born. “A Joint Congressional Resolution requiring the Secretary of War “to provide for taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior of the continent, and at other points in the States and Territories…and for giving notice on the…
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Will spring tornadoes increase in the future?

Farm workers know the importance of keeping abreast of severe weather.  If you are outside, you are more vulnerable to the perils of lightning, floods, and dangerous winds and tornadoes.  A new study published this week and described here in LiveScience discusses changes in the spring tornado season (March-May) that…
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