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Is severe weather linked to global warming? Is there any data to support your answer? Would you say that major tornado outbreaks could be associated with rising temperatures? What would happen if the Earth's temperature keeps rising? Is there any possible way you know of to stop severe weather from occurring?

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Hi Joey

This spring, so far, the number of tornadoes have been way below average:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/05/06/tornado-d

I no of no way to stop severe weather from occurring.

It is true that the warmer weather over the Atlantic leads to higher ocean temperatures that then lead to more intense hurricanes:

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/new-evidence-that-hurricanes-are-tied-to-glob

http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-and-hurricanes

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