F5 tornado that occurred in Elie, Manitoba, Canada back on June 22nd, 2007. This was Canada's strongest recorded history ever.

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Meteorologist Says Global Warming is Affecting St. Louis Weather

August 09, 2018 - 8:07 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A former local TV meteorologist is making the case that global warming is real and impacting St. Louis.

Cindy Preszler was with KSDK for many years, but now owns the website WeatherSTL.com. She cites recent weather phenomena as indications that we're experiencing global warming.

"This was a bona fide tornado outbreak, when 12 tornado tracks were recorded. That was the Sunset Hills tornado, an EF-3 tornado, and 2011 was extremely active in the state of Missouri,” Preszler says.

That was the year of the EF-5 tornado in Joplin that killed nearly 160 people.

 “Over the years that I’ve been covering weather - and I‘ve been doing this for over three decades, I think since about 2010 here in St. Louis - I really started to notice that there’s something going on out there,” she says.

As one example, Preszler points out that the number of "extreme heat days" in St. Louis has more than doubled since the end of World War II. She also notes increased flooding and hailstorms. 

Preszler is joining forces with the Sierra Club of Missouri to spread the word on global warming.