Harold Brooks is an atmospheric scientist specializing in tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. He's here today to answer our questions about tornadoes, climate change and extreme weather patterns, and the kick-off of twister season!


Brooks is a senior research scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, where he specializes in the why, when, where and the effects of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. He also looks at how to evaluate weather forecasts for extreme weather and received a United States Department of Commerce's Silver Medal for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the United States.

In addition to his work on tornadoes, Brooks also looks at the impact of climate change on extreme weather. He's contributed to two reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports and a U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product, and won a NOAA Administrator's Award for his work on the subject.

He'll be here from 11:30 - 12:30 pm (Pacific time), so start asking him your questions now about tornadoes, severe weather climate change, and just what we can expect from this coming tornado season.

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