After a series of tornadoes blew through the Midwest over the weekend, Monday produced what appeared to be the grand finale as one of worst tornadoes in history cut a 20-mile path through Oklahoma, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and leaving at least 24 dead and more than 100 injured.
Time to invest in a better umbrella and rain boots: North America could see as much as a 20 to 30 percent rise in the maximum precipitation possible as a result of global warming, according to a study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As the Arctic continues to melt, weather may get more extreme for those living in the northern mid-latitudes.
The annual spring outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted hotter, drier conditions across much of the US, including parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The NOAA said temperatures will give way to warmer-than-average weather and continued drought in areas that need moisture.
With the Earths’ average temperature on the rise, so are more Category 5 storms.