20th May - Today's News: Rash of Tornadoes Hit Central USA
Oklahoma ravaged by deadly tornadoes with the usual run of pictures from the Daily Mail as man, 79, killed and at least 21 injured as tornadoes hit Kansas and Oklahoma. With the storm system continuing, the lastest is that a new tornado strikes Missouri as rash of central US twisters kills 1.
Apparently, flooding hits northeast as one month's rainfall of nearly two inches falls in just 24 hours - I'm pretty sure most parts of the NE see more than 50mm of rain in May (even Evesham has an ave of 53mm) and the highest total for the NE that I can find for the 24 hour period to 15.00 on Saturday is 40mm at Albermarle, near Newcastle. So more like and inch and a half..... Notwithstanding which, it was a wet day up there and there was local flooding as a consequence.
Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely' - in other words, the world is warming, but not so fast as it was previously though it would. Which is pretty obvious really. Of course, precipitation pattern change - in my opinion the bigger threat - is not dependant just on atmospheric temperature, but on landuse change and, especially, deforestation, as well.