Contact: Christian Basi
University of Missouri-Columbia
Caption: Lupo, along with graduate assistant Laurel McCoy, found that when surface sea temperatures were warmer than average, the US experienced 20.3 percent more tornadoes that were rated EF-2 to EF-5 on the Enhanced Fuijta (EF) scale.
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