This past week Missouri and Kansas were found in a cycle of severe weather that rolls around roughly every 15 to 20 years. The last time the region had so many back-to-back tornadoes was in May 2003. This article discusses recent scientific work that suggests that climate change in Kansas, Missouri and elsewhere could eventually lead to thunderstorms that are wetter and perhaps more violent, flooding — as the region saw yet again over the weekend — and more droughts. The notorious “Tornado Alley,” comprising the states in the central US, seems to be expanding to include more of the Midwest and the Southeast.
By Eric Adler, Laura Bauer, and Steve Vockrodt. The Kansas City Star. May 26, 2019.