Climate Change tornado devastates Moore, Oklahoma

Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Jeremy Bloom


Yes, global warming IS giving us bigger, more devastating tornadoes

tornado devastates Moore, Oklahoma

As an insanely huge tornado smashes a path through the former oilfields of Oklahoma, it might be a nice time to remember – yes, climate change and global warming are giving us bigger, badder, and more costly storms.

Remember that the next time somebody tells you that dealing with climate change will be too expensive. NOT dealing with climate change has costs, too.

UPDATE: The deniers jumped down my throat in comments, so I go into a LOT more detail in this follow-up post.

The connection is simple: Heat energy is what drives storms. The more heat energy you have in the system, the bigger the storms will be. the bigger the storms are, the greater the devastation. And the cost. And the loss of life.

While the fossil fuel industry is still in denial, the insurance industry has known this for years. They know all about uncertainly – if they don’t manage uncertainty correctly, insurance companies go broke, and quickly.

2011 was the worst year on record for twisters – the month of April saw more than 600, more than doubling the previous record. It also saw the second worst day for fatalities – 318 people.

“Climate change? No,” Howard Bluestein, professor of meteorology at University of Oklahoma, told Huffington Post two years ago. “This is something that happens every 10 or 20 years when everything comes together like this. This is just natural variability.”

Except now it’s coming every two years.

This year, we’re on track for another doozy of a year, and it’ll probably be days before we know the toll from South Oklahoma City. As I write this, CNN is reporting 15 children trapped in the debris of an elementary school, and the images of devastation are shocking and terrifying.

Is this really the “new normal” we want to create for our children?

Follow-up: Tornadoes, storms, and superstorms – yes, it’s global warming.

Do Something:

  • THE REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA or text the word “food” to 32333 to donate $10
  • Feeding America: Call 1-800-910-5524, or donate online here.
  • Red Cross: (Central and Western Oklahoma region): Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to victims.
  • The Blood Center of Central TexasGo here to learn how you can donate blood.
  • SAFE AND WELL - a resource to help those effected find each other


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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue.

16 Responses to Yes, global warming IS giving us bigger, more devastating tornadoes

  1. Mo Ramrod says:

    The entire Republican Party should be rounded up and indicted for murder of every child who was caught in the brutality not instigated by Mother Nature, but by the oppressive greed of all oil, coal, and nuclear industries. Indeed, the entire republican party must be indicted under RICO statutes as well.

  2. lfhllc says:

    um, actually tornado activity is at ALL TIME LOW last 12 months. Please do your research first.

  3. Steve Frankes says:

    What a load of rubbish – there is NO (I repeat) NO scientific evidence at all that global warming has or will cause more or more severe storms, tornados whatsoever. I sincerely suggest you go back to school and learn basic thermodynamics before attempting to apply them to weather patterns.

  4. Christian J. says:

    I suggest you check the facts about the reduction of tornados, before making up outragious lies like that. Here are a few studies that may enlighten you –

  5. Dave says:


  6. Mel says:

    Not helping Jeremy ,

    No need to give the climate deniers any more ammunition , tornadoes tend to trend up in frequency and intensity during cooling (think mid 1970) , even during short statistically insignificant cooling periods ( 2011 to now ) , , unfortunately NOAA data is accessible to anyone , including anti-science denier types who are liable to latch onto anything . Tornadoes WILL get bigger and more frequent as the whole world starts to warm uncontrollably and climate disruption sets in but for now natural cycles are still holding Their own , though nobody knows for sure how much longer that will be the case and how far everything will crash when it does collapse

  7. Philippe Corbeil says:

    I disagree sir. Furthermore, you’re WRONG!!! I just simply want to use common sense.There are no more tornadoes today than 40 or 50 years ago. There are more digital cameras and smartphones today for shooting them. In average, there are 1000 to 1200 twisters every year in USA. I remenber the tornadoes outbreak of April 3-4 1974. About 350 people were killed. The concept of global warming did not even exist back then. Don’t tell me there are more twisters today than 40 years ago, that’s simply false. About the size of the twister that devastated a suburb of Oklahoma City May 20th, It’s maybe an EF4 or EF5 but it’s not unusual in this state to see a twister this size. Look at this tornado that struck Wichita Falls,Texas, April 10, 1979. This twister was as big as than the one that struck Moore in Oklahoma yesterday

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  10. Rudolph Pitman says:

    Why do alarmists never like actual data? The NOAA has beautiful graphs showing that tornado frequency is unchanged since the 1970s, and DECREASED over the past 100 years.

    It may make you feel good to obsess over every calamity and claim you know the problem and it’s humans, but the empirical evidence betrays you.

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  13. Jackie says:

    What absolute TOSH

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