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You pay for climate change one way or the other; it is not going away!
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The last two years of tornado damage in North America are among the worst in history also. Especially troubling in regard to these two extreme storm seasons is that not only are tornadoes touching ground in places that seldom if ever see them, but storm size and intensity appear to be increasing along with frequency of occurrence. Natural disaster insurance coverage paid out last year was the highest (by a lot) ever in history, exceeding the previous highest record ever the year before! 2011 natural disasters cost U.S. insurers more than $32 billion.
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These particular weather related disasters thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, and flooding have a tremendous impact on our citizens and our economy. So I have chosen to write about VIOLENT WEATHER AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE FIRESTORMS because we have now established a causal link between the two.
Several times in the past, I have posted the following link on Facebook, so if you follow me, perhaps you have already seen this:
|The Smithsonian Channel's 'Thunderheads'. Armed with seven planes, a ship, 250 researchers and the best gadgets money can buy, a daring and intrepid group tries to catch the 'perfect storm'.|
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What these researchers have learned is that the particulate matter from ever-bigger fires generates the VERY particular nuclei around which larger hailstones form. Recent hailstorm destruction in the Midwest and CO has been significant. It also appears the firestorms are feeding larger more violent weather systems which in turn cause torrential rain (more flash-flooding), and generates tornadoes. Disturbingly, there is an increase in intense dry electric storms as well, generating ever more fires.