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Old 03-05-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Hazel Green, AL
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Default Most Tornado-Prone areas in the U.S.

Ex. :

Cities:
1. Oklahoma City, OK
2. Huntsville, AL
3. Topeka, KS
4. Tulsa, OK
5. Shreveport, LA
6. Nashville, TN
7. Wichita Falls, TX
8. Wichita, KS
9. Birmingham, AL
10. Lincoln, NE

States:
1. Kansas
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Alabama
5. Nebraska
6. Arkansas
7. Iowa
8. Louisiana
9. Missouri
10. Indiana

Or you can do top 5
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Kansas Turnpike
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Kansas city missouri

oh and you forgot ?reasons?
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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Kansas City
Oklahoma City/Tulsa
Huntsville
Dallas/Fort Worth
Wichita
etc
etc
etc (name any other tornado alley metropolitan area)

I live in DFW and we are right on the southern edge of tornado alley. Typically, there are many tornadoes in the area each year but they are generally quite weak and only affect certain neighborhoods and locales. It seems like we are due in for a big one at some point so hopefully that won't be while im living here
That being said, I LOVE thunderstorms and tornadoes as long as they dont cause extensive damage or ANY loss of life. One of the most exciting parts about Texas in my opinion
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Anywhere in Tornado Alley is the most Tornado prone haha

1. ALABAMA for sure (at least recently)
2. Kansas
3. Oklahoma
4. Arkansas?
5. Missouri?

Cities would correspond with the states.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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While MO and KS are tornado country, it seems like the big metro areas are less prone to them and when they do hit Kansas City or St Louis, they tend to be smaller and skim across the outer suburbs bouncing around and not staying on the ground. I have heard it has something to do with the heat, topography etc.

Still, one of these days, an F5 is going to plow through and stay on the ground all the way across a major metro like StL, KC, Dallas etc and cause billions in damage and kill 1000's. It's probably just a matter of time.

Joplin is basically the size of a mid sized suburb of KC, so you can imagine what a tornado would do if a large one ever stayed on the ground for a long period in a major metro.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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While MO and KS are tornado country, it seems like the big metro areas are less prone to them and when they do hit Kansas City or St Louis, they tend to be smaller and skim across the outer suburbs bouncing around and not staying on the ground. I have heard it has something to do with the heat, topography etc.

Still, one of these days, an F5 is going to plow through and stay on the ground all the way across a major metro like StL, KC, Dallas etc and cause billions in damage and kill 1000's. It's probably just a matter of time.

Joplin is basically the size of a mid sized suburb of KC, so you can imagine what a tornado would do if a large one ever stayed on the ground for a long period in a major metro.
An F5 hit the the southwestern suburban fringe of Chicago back in 1990. The towns of Oswego and Plainfield were hit the hardest, before the tornado petered out near Joliet. If the tornado touched down five miles to the north, it would have hit Aurora, Naperville and Bolingbrook.

As for St. Louis, it was hit by an F5 in 1896, so they've already been there and done that.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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There is a chance for a super tornado. With 350 mph winds. There has been some documentaries about one forming at around 5pm if all the conditions are right. Total devastation.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Florida has the highest amount of torando touchdowns per land size, but the vast majority of the tornadoes in Florida are fairly weak. Oklahoma has the highest amount of strong tornadoes.
Here is a map of F3-F5 tornado activity.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tornado_Alley.gif This is only F3 F4 and F5s. I know Florida does get a lot of tornado activity but the majority are weak storms and water spouts. Also Florida will have the most reported tornadoes because it is the most populated state which gets tornadoes often and densely populated to most of them are reported where many in the midwest go unreported.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...do_Reports.jpg
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Oklahoma has the highest amount of strong tornadoes.
And the least amount of basements
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Kansas City
Oklahoma City/Tulsa
Huntsville
Dallas/Fort Worth
Wichita
etc
etc
etc (name any other tornado alley metropolitan area)

I live in DFW and we are right on the southern edge of tornado alley. Typically, there are many tornadoes in the area each year but they are generally quite weak and only affect certain neighborhoods and locales. It seems like we are due in for a big one at some point so hopefully that won't be while im living here
That being said, I LOVE thunderstorms and tornadoes as long as they dont cause extensive damage or ANY loss of life. One of the most exciting parts about Texas in my opinion
I'd agree! One of the things I miss most about Iowa is we tended to get more big storms there than in Chicago. It's a strange word to use, but I ADORE thunderstorms and crazy weather. It's one thing I don't think I could live without. I know that sounds crazy...
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