What’s Behind the Midwest Floods and Tornadoes?

Joe D’Aleo, one of my favorite Certified Consulting Meteorologists, who blogs on ICECAP, has put together a nice piece explaining the relationship between the unusually chilly spring and the massive flooding and frequent reports of tornadoes in the eastern half of the nation.  Joe explains in his blog:  Cool Spring Brings Tornadoes and Flooding to the Central United States that the contrast between the chilly spring air to the north, and the warmth of spring trying to move up from the south, has produced a very energetic jet stream.  The pattern may also produce cooler temperatures over the summer months.  If so, the heat we experienced earlier this week may be rare this summer.  We’ll see!

Tom Tasselmyer

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