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Old 09-25-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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Is Columbus really at risk for dangerous tornadoes? I read this list of US cities based on safety from natural disaster risk, and Columbia was in the BOTTOM ten. Meanwhile, Dayton was in the top 10 on another list. Why is Columbus so much more at risk than Dayton? What are the tornado risks in Col?

http://www.livescience.com/936-natur...us-cities.html
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Kansas City MO
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This is just antecdotal, but I moved to Kansas City and hear much less about tornadoes and tornado warnings out here than when I lived in Columbus, so maybe there is something to it.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Tornadoes seem less frequent and less severe in Columbus as compared to Cincinnati, where I grew up. I've lived here for 5 years and haven't had to take shelter once. We do get some tornado warnings, but if there is a touchdown, it's almost always an EF-0 or EF-1 (weak). In fact, I am looking at records dating back to 1950 and Franklin County hasn't had anything stronger than an F-3 (old scale), while Hamilton County has had one F-5 and three F-4's. As for Dayton, I would imagine the risk for tornadoes is slightly less than Cincinnati and slightly more than Columbus. Storms tend to weaken considerably as they enter the Columbus metro area -- I suspect there is a geographical reason for this.

On the list you linked to, I would really like to know the methodology behind it. There are a lot of cities that rank as safer than Columbus that have much more frequent and violent thunderstorms and tornadoes such as Memphis, Louisville, and Indianapolis. I can't think of any other natural disaster risks we have here that those cities don't have.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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Well, you read it in a list on the Internet -- that pretty much clinches it.

All tornadoes can be classified as dangerous and a tornado can happen anywhere. Dayton would be no less susceptible to them than Columbus as the geography is pretty much identical. Not to mention, they're less than 100 miles from each other on pretty much the same latitude.

WB - my guess is that KC doesn't sensationalize it as much as other places. KC is part of what some call the "new" tornado alley.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Here's a good link for tornado history in Ohio, BTW: Ohio tornado history with details of each tornado since 1950 | cleveland.com

Interestingly, Franklin County has had 31 tornadoes compared to 9 for Montgomery County (Dayton). Part of it can be attributed to Montgomery County being smaller and more sparsely populated. A lot of tornadoes in rural areas go unreported, especially in the days before doppler radar, social media, etc.
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Dublin, OH
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Having lived in each of the 3 Cs in Ohio...it seems Cincy and Cleve get more violent T Storms than Columbus gets.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Columbus is on the very eastern edge of a more active tornado area. It's is not at all like Oklahoma or Kansas, which is the true "Tornado Alley".
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Greene County, and Xenia in particular, seems to have most serious tornado history in the state.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I have been interested in relocating to Ohio for awhile now. In my research I discovered that Ohio hasn't had a major tornado since the 70s or so. After living out West, a rare F0 or F1 is nothing.

In general, Ohio has a very moderate climate with very few extremes. It is a huge positive that the state should promote more.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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In my research I discovered that Ohio hasn't had a major tornado since the 70s or so.
I wish that were true, BCBear!

"On November 10, 2002 tornadoes were reported in several counties of Ohio including Putnam County and Van Wert County. The tornado reported in Van Wert County in 2002 was a violent F4 tornado with 4 fatalities.

There were also reported tornadoes in Union County and Seneca County in Ohio. Both of these tornadoes were a severe F3s, and there was a fatality near Republic, Ohio....

Overall, five people were killed because of these violent storms in Van Wert, Putnam, and Seneca Counties."

2002 Veterans Day Weekend tornado outbreak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This was rare though, and was part of the freak eighty-three tornadoes that hit 17 states on that weekend.
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