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Old 02-08-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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Here is a link I found that might help. Gwinnett and most of the other counties east of Atlanta rarely get affected by a tornado. However, it could happen, as it could also happen in Florida. Most of the severe weather falls onto the westside. Counties such as Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, and Cobb, get more than their fair share of inclement weather. The last tornado in Gwinnett was nearly 10 years ago.

http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent~storms (http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent%7Estorms - broken link)
Awesome site. Just went through it for Gwinnett and Florida. Thanks

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Old 02-08-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Tornadoes in GA can be much more powerful than the ones in FL. My house was destroyed by an F3 tornado 2 years ago. F4 tornadoes have also occurred here. Last year we had baseball size hail also that destroyed the windshield on my car. Severe weather really starts in late February and lasts through May. I live west of Atlanta, however, and we get more severe weather than areas east of Atlanta which includes Gwinnett, so you should be a little safer there. Tornado Alley in GA is generally in the NW part of the state, mostly in Northwest and West Georgia.
F4 tornadoes happen in Georgia, but they are infrequent. The Tornado History Database web site shows 10 in Georgia since 1953, and six of those occurred on April 3, 1974:

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

There have been 55 F3 tornadoes in Georgia since 1953:

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

For comparison, Florida has had 2 F4 tornadoes and 33 F3 tornadoes during the same period, so Georgia does have more.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

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Old 02-08-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Central FL
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I lived in Central FL during the bad tornadoes of 1998. In fact, I had to drive over to my parent's house (in a rural area) to see if it was still even there (they were on vacation at the time) There were many fatalities in the area where I grew up. Seeing that total devastation first hand made me terrified of tornadoes.

As I understand it, most of the tornadoes happen in NW or West Central GA (the storms always come from the west). My town here has been hit by several bad tornadoes including one in the 1990's. March seems to be very stormy here. I'm not looking forward to it at all. Prior to that bad storm in 1998 in FL, the only tornadoes my mother remembers there were very minor, and she lived there since 1944.

It seems that Central/ West Central FL and NW GA are both bad areas for tornado activity.

You should be fine down by Suwanee. The really bad areas are NW and West Central GA.

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Old 02-08-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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last year i got nailed by hail. nowhere to go.. I must say though, my new paintjob is quite nice.
Heh. My car was hit by hail twice in the same day last spring ... once in Austell on the E/W Connector, and once in Marietta in the Monster Golf parking lot.

It wasn't enough to cause any damage, tho. My 1994 Accord is tuff!
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Oops. I was wrong ... only 5 of the 10 F4 tornadoes hit on that single date. I was reading the table too quickly.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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Are you serious??? F3's and F4's??? Which F3 tornado 2 years ago? OMG!
Yes I'm serious. The F3 tornado that destroyed my house 2 years ago was in February, about 2 weeks before the tornado that hit downtown Atlanta.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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Here is a link I found that might help. Gwinnett and most of the other counties east of Atlanta rarely get affected by a tornado. However, it could happen, as it could also happen in Florida. Most of the severe weather falls onto the westside. Counties such as Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, and Cobb, get more than their fair share of inclement weather. The last tornado in Gwinnett was nearly 10 years ago.

NCDC Storm Events-Select State (http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent~storms - broken link)
Yeah, I live in Carroll and I don't know what it is but it seems like we always get the worst of severe weather. I really want to move away from here, and tornadoes is one of the main reasons. The last couple of years have just been insane.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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F4 tornadoes happen in Georgia, but they are infrequent. The Tornado History Database web site shows 10 in Georgia since 1953, and six of those occurred on April 3, 1974:

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

There have been 55 F3 tornadoes in Georgia since 1953:

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

For comparison, Florida has had 2 F4 tornadoes and 33 F3 tornadoes during the same period, so Georgia does have more.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database
Yeah, F4 tornadoes are rare in GA, but i've noticed that F3 tornadoes are becoming increasingly common here. I think I'd rather deal with hurricanes in FL than deal with tornadoes here. At least you have days to prepare for a hurricane. In my opinion, Tornadoes are by far the scariest weather phenomenon.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Yeah, F4 tornadoes are rare in GA, but i've noticed that F3 tornadoes are becoming increasingly common here. I think I'd rather deal with hurricanes in FL than deal with tornadoes here. At least you have days to prepare for a hurricane. In my opinion, Tornadoes are by far the scariest weather phenomenon.
In certain areas of Florida, the question isn't if you will get hit by a hurricane, the question is when.

Tornadoes are so rare and random that one can live in a mildly tornado-prone area for a lifetime and never see one.

Atlanta is on the southern edge of the tornado zone ... most of the tornado activity in the US is hundreds of miles north and west of here.

I lived in the Twin Cities for 40 years (which is on the northern edge, and which has about the same chance of seeing one as Atlanta does), as well as down here for 5, and the closest I've ever come to seeing a tornado are a few wall clouds that never spawned anything beyond a local rotation (no funnel). My Mom finally saw one up there and took a picture, and it was a big enough deal that she told everyone she knew about it. You just don't see them unless you're unlucky, or unless you're one of those storm chasers on TV, and even they know that Kansas and Oklahoma are better places to see them.

From looking at various tornado frequency maps online, there is a large area in central Florida which seems to have a significantly greater risk of seeing tornado activity than the state of Georgia. Are you sure you're safe? An F0 tornado can trash a house just as easily as an F4 in many situations.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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In certain areas of Florida, the question isn't if you will get hit by a hurricane, the question is when.

Tornadoes are so rare and random that one can live in a mildly tornado-prone area for a lifetime and never see one.

Atlanta is on the southern edge of the tornado zone ... most of the tornado activity in the US is hundreds of miles north and west of here.

I lived in the Twin Cities for 40 years (which is on the northern edge, and which has about the same chance of seeing one as Atlanta does), as well as down here for 5, and the closest I've ever come to seeing a tornado are a few wall clouds that never spawned anything beyond a local rotation (no funnel). My Mom finally saw one up there and took a picture, and it was a big enough deal that she told everyone she knew about it. You just don't see them unless you're unlucky, or unless you're one of those storm chasers on TV, and even they know that Kansas and Oklahoma are better places to see them.

From looking at various tornado frequency maps online, there is a large area in central Florida which seems to have a significantly greater risk of seeing tornado activity than the state of Georgia. Are you sure you're safe? An F0 tornado can trash a house just as easily as an F4 in many situations.
Good post.
citydata even says that Clermont (Orlando, Fl area), for example, chance for tornadic activity is 132% greater than the overall US average. Dacula is only like 94% greater (or something like that).
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