Tornado doom then tornado drought: Both linked to climate change?
...But I can also appreciate where Revkin is coming from. Irrespective of the merits, scientists may walk down a slippery slope when they make strong statements about climate change and fluctuating, short-lived weather phenomena. For their part, tornadoes have so much natural variability and so many different causes, that comments linking a flare-up in activity to climate change can backfire when they hit a lull. Without a convincing explanation, skeptics will criticize and poke fun at such linkages when the apparent linkage vanishes.