Devastating Mississippi Tornadoes Happened With Almost No Warning (VIDEO)

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Hattiesburg tornadoesIf you had any doubt that the weather is getting more and more insane across the globe, check out the footage from the devastating tornadoes that touched down Sunday night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Amazingly, no one has been reported killed yet in the storms that ripped apart hundreds of homes and destroyed parts of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Even scarier: The people had little to no warning. According to witnesses, the sirens went off and then it was on top of them. While those of us in the Northeast were digging out from a mighty, epic snowstorm.

Is it just me or do we no longer have mini weather events? It's like all of a sudden, everything that happens is the most. It's the hottest summer on record, the most devastating hurricane in hundreds of years, the most snow in decades. On and on it goes. It may be time to consider the fact that global warming isn't just some made up thing. It's real. And it's affecting us.

I am not a scientist and I don't claim to be. This is why I rely on experts like Michael Mann, a climatologist who directs the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.

He spoke to The Huffington Post and compared Nemo and even Superstorm Sandy to a basketball slam dunk where global warming is the floor being raised. Before, it would have been harder to make that shot, but with the higher floor? It becomes more and more likely. 

The reality is, even though it's technically cold (OK, not technically, it IS cold), it's usually colder this time of year. In other words, it's too cold to snow. So because of this warming trend, plus added moisture in the air ALSO caused by global warming and the warmer seas, we are probably in for more super weather events like Nemo.

Now were the tornadoes caused by global warming? It's really anybody's guess. Some say tornadoes have actually been in DECLINE because of global warming. Others say their severity is increased thanks to the same thing.

Regardless, no one can deny our climate is changing and that we do need to focus more efforts on decreasing our contribution to this trend. It's scary. And it's not going away any time soon.

Does global warming worry you?

 

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missusmc missusmc

Ever looked at the record highs and lows and seen that there was extreme weather over a hundred years ago?  Or considered that perhaps everything seems worse because media reporting of events is at an all time high?  I think weather patterns right now are trending to be more extreme, but they have been before, many, many years ago.  It's a cycle.

LostS... LostSoul88

Glad to here no one was killed (so far). 

abra819 abra819

Two words. Global Warming.

handy... handy0318

I've no doubt the climate is changing... I would be really concerned if it wasn't because climate change is necessary to the health of our planet. Major weather events excepted, a warmer planet is far more beneficial to life as we know it than a colder planet.  But, I am very skeptical of the whole "man made global warming"... it just seems to be a money making political football. 

jessi... jessicasmom1

oh glad no one is killed 

Bruic... Bruickson

I live in coastal Ms. Hattiesburg is close to us and a lot of my family and friends live there. Thankfully no one was hurt but they are still without power and many of their friends have lost their homes. Please continue to send prayers to the people of Hattiesburg.

nonmember avatar WeatherBUFF

Little to no warning???? The Lead time was 30 minutes, which is 17 minutes more than than the average lead time. They had PLENTY of time.

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