Deadly tornadoes that hit six states on Friday, killing more than 80 people and leaving dozens missing came at the end of the year as severe weather events, from heatwaves and hurricanes to flooding and forest fires, hit the state that produces the largest amount of snow.

Scientists were able to draw a link between a warming planet and hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, and establish the probability that climate change was one in a series of isolated events.

This is impossible to say about tornadoes yet.

“This is the hardest phenomenon to connect to climate change,” said Michael Tippett, an adjunct professor of applied physics and mathematics at Columbia University who studies extreme weather conditions.

Although we know that climate change can play a role in making some storms become more powerful, the complexity of tornadoes means that it is difficult to sure encompass one single occurrence.

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