Two tornadoes have ripped through New England in the last few days, killing a New Hampshire woman and doing serious property damage. But don’t blame global warming for the uncharacteristically violent climate: local climatologists tell the Boston Herald equally extreme weather struck the region in the ‘30s and ‘60s, resulting from “blocks” of bad weather patterns that last up to 3 months.
“We can’t link it with global warming,” says an MIT atmospheric scientist. “One of the robust predictions of global warming is that rainfall comes in heavier, but less frequent events. This hasn’t been less frequent. I don’t think you can blame the stuff we’ve seen this summer on global warming. It looks like were locked into a weather pattern.”