Tornadoes in the South, floods and snow in the Midwest, crazy heat in Alaska. What’s going on with the extreme weather this year?

Most of it is par for the course, experts say, because we live in the nation with the world’s wildest weather extremes: No other country on Earth has the USA’s ferocious weather stew of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, wildfires, blizzards, heat waves and cold snaps.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find another patch of land on Earth the size of the USA that boasts such a variety of such intensely extreme weather inside its borders,” said meteorologist and author Robert Henson of Boulder, Colorado.

In April, severe weather outbreaks such as the one that hit the South on Sunday are the norm rather than the exception. So far this April, 48 tornadoes

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