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Look Out Illinois!

April 11, 2013

After what seemed like the winter that would never end, spring has finally arrived. According to MU climate expert Tony Lupo, Missouri may have what climatologists call a neutral weather pattern this season. Although Tornado Alley may experience destructive storms, he expects there will be fewer than usual.  Rather, the Jetstream pattern will shift toward the east. Lupo, professor of atmospheric science at CAFNR, says the cause of this weather pattern is the increase in Pacific Ocean temperatures. 

Story by:  CAFNR News

Tornado Alley will probably see slightly fewer tornadoes this storm season, while areas to its east will see a more than average, says a climate expert at the University of Missouri.

Tony Lupo, professor and chair of atmospheric science at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, said that warmer sea temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean will shift the Jetstream pattern eastward over Tennessee, Kentucky, eastern Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.  The Jetstream will funnel more moisture and instability over these areas, creating ingredients for strong thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes. See more…