October 15, 2001 - A modern-day weather record for the most tornadoes during the first half of any October was set last week. From Oct. 9-13, 59 tornadoes swept through nine U.S. central and southeastern states, bringing the total for the month thus far to 83 reported tornadoes, according to NOAA's National Weather Service.
One of the more common predictions that has frequently accompanied identification of global warming was increased and more severe storm activity, especially in the spring and fall, accompanied by greater climactic extremes of regional rainfall and drought.
Over and over, I keep hearing what an odd year it is, weather-wise. It is something I have been hearing for a few years now. It also seems to be accompanied around the globe by stories of record flooding and drought -- but interestingly enough not generally record heat or cold.
Is this the beginning of a true shift in weather patterns, or simply a few years long abberation, or even part of a regular, decades long pattern?