Global Warming Didn't Cause New England Tornadoes

Scientists link extreme events to bad weather 'block'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 2:58 PM CDT
Nicolas Fraga phones relatives about damage done to his home after a suspected tornado spawned by outflows from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly swept through San Antonio, Texas, Thursday July 24, 2008....   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.”