Review and analysis of possible changes to the climatology of tornadoes in the United States

Authors: Todd W Moore*, Towson University, Tiffany A DeBoer, Towson University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: climatology, tornadoes
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Stones Throw 2 - Slate, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Tornadoes are one of the deadliest and costliest severe convective hazards in the United States. Their destructive potential is related to both the risk of tornado occurrence and the societal vulnerability to tornadoes. Recent studies suggest that the tornado hazard landscape is changing. These changes are related to observed changes in the temporal and spatial distributions of tornadoes and to changes in population and development patterns. Here, I focus on two components of tornado risk by illustrating that the observed temporal clustering and spatial distribution of tornadoes in the United States has changed over time. I also discuss how these two changes are related and other possible factors contributing to these changes.

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