Tornado Alley Is Larger Than You Might Think

8:14 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- When somebody talks about tornado alley you typically think of an area stretching from the Dakota's south to Texas. This stereotype lately has been proven incorrect time and time again.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released new data that paints an entirely different picture of the frequency and location of severe storms over the past 30 years. Basically the data reveals that of the top ten states with the highest number of tornado touchdowns, only three fall in the generally accepted area of Tornado Alley.



1) Florida

2) Kansas

3) Iowa

4) Louisiana

5) Mississippi

6) Oklahoma

7) Illinois

8) Missouri

9) Alabama

10) South Carolina

The key findings in this study were that the higher risk for tornado touchdown is not limited to the central Great Plains states, as commonly thought. In fact, a sizable risk for tornadoes extends across most of the eastern half of the United States including North Carolina.

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