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Old 02-07-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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Default Why does TN get so many more tornado deaths than Kentucky?

This is not a flame, we are all sorry for your loss.

I just looked at the tornado fatality numbers for each state and was really surprised at the discrepancy.

Since the 1974 Super Outbreak, TN has had 112 deaths, KY only 18 deaths

Both states have similar latitudes and terrain, why such a difference

Here is my source http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent~storms
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Telford, TN
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The Lord only knows the answer to that question.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Cookeville, TN
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This is not a flame, we are all sorry for your loss.

I just looked at the tornado fatality numbers for each state and was really surprised at the discrepancy.

Since the 1974 Super Outbreak, TN has had 112 deaths, KY only 18 deaths

Both states have similar latitudes and terrain, why such a difference

Here is my source NCDC Storm Events-Select State
WOW! Interesting question...maybe we should see if we can get a GRADUATED Meteorologist student to do his MASTER'S Thesis on that very question....I'd be interested to know....you can add 33 more to the Tennessee list since Tuesday.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:10 PM
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Could it be the density of the population in tornado alley. Does Kentucky have a better warning system? Is there an elevation difference? They did seem to be more concentrated in Tennessee. I am still wondering where in the states the people were killed. Anybody know where to find that. I am not talking about which state. Is there a list somewhere of names and cities. These people died. They should at least be important enough to list their names. I don't know why that is important to me, but it is.

I want to express my sympathy to each and every person who was bothered in any way by this storm.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:20 PM
 
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Could it be the density of the population in tornado alley. Does Kentucky have a better warning system? Is there an elevation difference? They did seem to be more concentrated in Tennessee. I am still wondering where in the states the people were killed. Anybody know where to find that. I am not talking about which state. Is there a list somewhere of names and cities. These people died. They should at least be important enough to list their names. I don't know why that is important to me, but it is.

I want to express my sympathy to each and every person who was bothered in any way by this storm.
There were a bunch in West Tennessee and a bunch just northeast of Nashville. West Tennessee does seem to get the bulk of Tennessee's tornadoes, at least in the last few years, particularly the Jackson area. And West Tennessee is more heavily populated than Western Kentucky which is where the bulk of Kentucky's tornadoes occur.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Anybody know where to find that. I am not talking about which state. Is there a list somewhere of names and cities. These people died. They should at least be important enough to list their names. I don't know why that is important to me, but it is.

I want to express my sympathy to each and every person who was bothered in any way by this storm.
There are various lists on the local news websites of the names and locations of those killed.

You can Google for WSMV, WTVF, WKRN, or the Tennessean website and read more information.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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There were a bunch in West Tennessee and a bunch just northeast of Nashville. West Tennessee does seem to get the bulk of Tennessee's tornadoes, at least in the last few years, particularly the Jackson area. And West Tennessee is more heavily populated than Western Kentucky which is where the bulk of Kentucky's tornadoes occur.
That's the only thing I can figure.

Probably 70% of KY's population in the Central & Eastern KY where tornadoes, or at least the large/ long track ones are very rare. Eastern KY is too mountainous for them, and it seems that by the storms get to Lou/ Lex they are usually in a squall line w/ only straight line winds. When we do get tornadoes up here they are rare;y larger than EF2.

Nashville is also REALLY spread out so more higher density areas are likely to get hit
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