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In recent years, researchers have noticed that fewer tornadoes were touching down in the Great Plains and that more were hitting the Southeast.




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...A tornado that tore through the Houston area on Tuesday was the kind of early-season storm that scientists say has been occurring with increasing regularity -- a sign that patterns of severe weather are shifting....

The spate of reported tornadoes adds to changes that experts have been observing in recent years -- specifically, that where and when tornadoes occur has begun to shift.

Historically, tornadoes were most likely to strike within a column of the central U.S. that was nicknamed "Tornado Alley." The area includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. In recent years, however, researchers noticed that fewer tornadoes were touching down in the Great Plains and that more were hitting the Southeast.

Tornado Alley's changing borders can have deadly consequences, said Victor Gensini, an associate professor in the department of earth, atmosphere and environment at Northern Illinois University, who published key research on the topic in 2018 and has studied the shift extensively.

"The No. 1 thing is that we have greater population density in the Mid-South," Gensini said. "There are basically more targets to hit on the dartboard."

The differing landscapes are also a factor in a storm's destructiveness. In areas with tightly packed cities, lots of trees and less open space, for example, a tornado can cause more catastrophic damage.

There are also more vulnerable communities across the Southeast, particularly among people who live in mobile homes, Gensini said.

"Half of all tornado fatalities happen in mobile homes," he said. "If you're living in a mobile home during a tornado warning, it's already too late. That's a major vulnerability."...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-27 10:56 AM | Reply

Thanks fossil fuels.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-01-27 01:49 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Thanks fossil fuels....

If the current weather trend holds a few more days here (and it currently looks like there's a good chance it will)...

January 2023 will be the first January on record for inland Connecticut in which there was not one daily high temperature below freezing. Weather records for inland Connecticut go back to 1905.

My snow thrower has been idle so far this year. Usually by this time of the winter season it has had a good workout.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-27 06:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Um, not to brag but in Okiehomie we have already had six tornadoes this month ...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2023-01-28 12:48 PM | Reply

Um, not to brag but in Okiehomie we have already had six tornadoes this month ...

#4 | POSTED BY CATDOG AT 2023-01-28 12:48 PM | REPLY |

Right around OKC ... Moore ... Norman ... you guys have gotten some of the big ones!

It seems to me the shift to the east might be better described as an expansion into the southeastern US. Here in Kentucky we had our deadliest tornado outbreak in history in December of 2021 - surpassing even the death toll from the "Super Outbreak" of April 3, 1974. Historically December has been one of the least likely months for severe weather here, so the outbreak that hit Dawson Springs, Mayfield and Bowling Green particularly hard caught a lot of people off guard. A friend of mine in Bowling Green still has not moved back into his heavily damaged home.

#5 | Posted by cbob at 2023-01-29 10:42 AM | Reply

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