Spring weather predicted to be more severe

By Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Mar 21 2014 03:30:14 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 23 2014 12:00:00 AM EDT

This spring may be more like a lion than a lamb. Kansas State University Climatologist John Harrington, Jr. says climate change may be increasing the severity of storms.

Harrington studies weather events, how often they occur and the conditions when they occurred.  He says his biggest concern is that warmer atmospheric temperatures will bring more evaporation out of the Gulf of Mexico. That extra moisture could make future thunderstorms more severe.

"There's at least a little bit of a suggestion that this juicier atmosphere may make it so that storms in general are stronger and potentially more potent into the future," said Harrington.

Harrington adds we may also see El Nino for the first time in two years.

He says there's a good possibility El Nino will arrive this fall going into winter. That creates a warming of the Pacific Ocean, which would mean cooler and wetter conditions for the West Coast.

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