Will Tornadoes Get Worse As Earth’s Climate Heats Up?

On May 20, 2013, a devastating EF5 tornado shredded the city of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 deaths and destroying an estimated $3B in property.  It was the third time a tornado has stuck the city in 14 years.

In the NOVA special, Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes, we meet scientists, literally working on the front lines, in an attempt to understand when, where, how and why tornadoes form in “Tornado Alley.”

The film also asks:

  • Why was 2011—the worst ever recorded tornado season that left hundreds dead in Joplin and Tuscaloosa—followed by the quietest ever year of activity prior to the Moore disaster?
  • Can improved radar and warning technology explain why so many fewer died in Moore than in Joplin?
  • And will tornadoes get worse as Earth’s climate heats up?


Published by Obsidian Expeditions

Based in Jackson, WYO, Obsidian Expeditions provides privately guided road-based tours of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We are an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

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