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dc.contributor.authorLong, John A.
dc.contributor.authorStoy, Paul C.
dc.identifier.citationLong, John A., and Paul Stoy. "Peak tornado activity is occurring earlier in the heart of “Tornado Alley”." Geophysical Research Letters 41, no. 17 (2014): 6259-6264.en_US
dc.description.abstractTornado frequency may increase as the factors that contribute to severe convection are altered by a changing climate. Attributing changes in tornado frequency to observed global climate change is complicated because observational effort has increased over time, but studies of the seasonal distribution of tornado activity may avoid sampling biases. We demonstrate that peak tornado activity has shifted 7 days earlier in the year over the past six decades in the central and southern US Great Plains, the area with the highest global incidence of tornado activity. Results are largely unrelated to large-scale climate oscillations, and observed climate trends cannot fully account for observations, which suggest that changes to regional climate dynamics should be further investigated. Tornado preparedness efforts at individual to national levels should be cognizant of the trend toward earlier peak tornado activity across the heart of “Tornado Alley”.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNSF Macrosystems Biology #1241881 and the Montana State University Center for Faculty Excellenceen_US
dc.titlePeak tornado activity is occurring earlier in the heart of “Tornado Alley”en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleGeophysical Research Lettersen_US
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciencesen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Agricultureen_US
mus.relation.departmentLand Resources & Environmental Sciences.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.contributor.orcidLong, John A.|0000-0001-7558-3093en_US

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