• El Nino


A new study reveals that the intense blast of the sun causing too much drought in the Western States, a phenomenon called El Niño may lessen the severity or the occurrence of tornadoes. The cooling effect on some other parts may add up to the magnitude of tornadoes, experts said as reported by Yahoo News.

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In a journal published in the Nature Geoscience, during the El Niño years in the south-eastern United States, there were only a few occurrences. Even the hail storms have less severity, which saves a lot of properties as well as the lives of people residing the area, as pointed by John Allen, a climatologist at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society in Palisades, New York.

Allen and the group of researchers supported the idea, based on their findings that the cooling thing after the long duration of drought could predict how intense a tornado could be.

The team actually already had their experimental forecast and announced that the months of March, April and June would have fewer tornadoes because of the severity of El Niño. Experts said that it is still important for residents to be vigilant because even a silent year of tornadoes could still strike a certain region and mortality rate might still increase, as reported by Palm Beach Daily News.

Allen and his colleagues are planning to issue their seasonal tornado forecast, in order to give warnings as well as deep understanding to all subscribers about this natural, but a deadly atmospheric condition.

Another expert, Ashton Simpson Cook, a meteorologist also tried to issue their team's forecast about tornadoes, and stated that they are still in the beginning phase of their study. They also support the idea that the severity of the tornadoes is highly connected to the intense cooling effect, wherein El Niño, despite of its drying effect, could lessen the intensity and magnitude of tornadoes.