In response, a number of experts and meteorologists have pointed to increasing evidence linking climate change to the extreme and unseasonal weather that fuels such tornadoes. Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s State of the Union, “This is going to be our new normal. ... The effects we are seeing of climate change are the crisis of our generation.”
In fact, recent research suggests there may be a link between rising global temperatures and the weather conditions that produce extreme tornado outbreaks, particularly during winter months in the Southeast U.S. But rather than acknowledge that this deadly and abnormal storm was likely made worse by climate change, Fox News has (predictably) already started dismissing the connection.