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Topic - Tina Brooks
With the planet heating up, many scientists seem fairly certain some weather elements like hurricanes and droughts will worsen. But tornadoes have them stumped.
At least 16 tornadoes were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., a branch of the National Weather Service.
With the month of March looming, tornado chasers are already watching the Southeast as a nasty storm brews with the potential to spin off a batch of tornadoes.
Tornado season is starting, but don't ask meteorologists how bad it will be this spring and summer.
It was a spring to remember, with America pummeled by tornadoes, floods, wildfire, snowmelt, thunderstorms and drought.
Some of the killer tornadoes that ripped across the South may have been among the largest and most powerful ever recorded, experts suggested, leaving a death toll that is approaching that of a tragic "super outbreak" of storms almost 40 years ago.
Highways are increasingly clogged with storm chasers trying to beat each other in a risky race to capture the storms.
Ten of those records have been set in the past decade _ six for the fewest tornadoes and four for the most, Brooks said.
One ingredient has to win out, and Brooks says it's hard to tell which one will.