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The greatest increase is at the most extreme end of the scale.

It's not just tornadoes though.  Wind in general is getting more obnoxious.  Around here, storms now tend to arrive not as a gradual increase of wind but as a sharp, intense wind wall.  This often snaps trees at the base because they don't have time to flex with the wind.  >_< 

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Date: 2019-03-21 03:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erulisse
We were out in west texas last week and got to see a pretty amazing storm... that also stirred up two days of super nasty winds.

One of our stops out there was the McDonald Observatory (which, if you ever get the chance, is totally worth a visit) and according to the astronomers, they are having more frequent and stronger wind events. Also a little more rain and a fair bit more cloud cover. Which makes for grumpy astronomers.

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Date: 2019-03-21 11:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Yup, put more energy into a system, it tends to pile up at the high end of the scale.

At this rate, they're going to have revise their scales. My bet is, the first F6 tornado will be recorded sometime in the next 3-5 year period. [although who knows if it will be classified as such.] With sustained wind speeds exceeding 300mph.

Ditto for a F6 hurricane, probably officially sometime in the next five years. I'd also expect to see hurricane 'season' extending to the point where it just doesn't end, probably fairly soon.
Edited Date: 2019-03-21 11:35 am (UTC)

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Date: 2019-03-21 05:07 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
We started getting visible rain bands in storms oh... five, six years ago.

We've always gotten them, in that it would rain for ten minutes, then quit for five, then rain five more, that sort of thing, but they felt much more gentle and weren't necessarily accompanied by major wind shifts. Now if you're in a high place, you can watch them sweeping across the countryside, with their attendant and trailing winds.

It's pretty spectacular, but a bit unsettling.
Edited (added clarification) Date: 2019-03-21 05:08 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2019-03-21 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
We had two in NE NM as part of that bomb cyclone. The winds derailed a train, but no one was killed as a result.

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