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Can Climate Change Create More Tornadoes?

Since this report was made, the death toll from the Moore, OK, tornado was adjusted down, to 24 confirmed dead after the EF5, with winds above 200 mph, struck the city on May 20.

While the evidence seems to indicate that climate change won't increase the number of tornadoes that strike the "tornado belt" every year, it seems clear the increasing population in this region makes the chances of death or injury from a tornado more likely.

Currently, the debate continues on the best way to predict tornadoes and how best to protect vulnerable populations against them. Among the suggestions made in the wake of the devastation in Oklahoma this spring, the mayor of Moore, Glen Lewis, proposed changing the city's building codes to require the construction of reinforced shelters in every new home.

 
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