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Old 02-06-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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As you all probably know by now, we're thinking of relocating to KY...I just read about the tornadoe that ripped through the south...first of all, I hope all of you weathered it okay.I know tornadoes are common in the south,but are these sort of systems common near the Louisville area...that's kind of scary to me! Thanks for the input in advance-
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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This was the worst tornado outbreak (in terms of fatalities) in Kentucky since the 1974 Super Outbreak.

As usually, the Louisville area got only straightline wind damage. Western Kentucky always seems to get the most damaging tornadoes.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: louisville, ky
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i'd say, as a long-time resident of Louisville, that the tornado sirens go off in jefferson county (louisville) on average three times a year. these are mostly doppler indicated tornadoes, and as mentioned above, usually end up being only straight-line winds.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Default Tornados in Louisville

Tornados aren't as common in Louisville as in "Tornado Alley" which is West of Kentucky but they obviously occur.

The last major out break, prior to the last several weeks, was in 1974. There was one in the late 90's that was South of Louisville.

Prior to that the last major tornado in Louisville was in the late 19th century.

Depending on the part of the country you are familiar with it can be a little disarming.

Being from Louisville, I guess it isn't something I worry much about.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Apex, North Carolina [Shepherds Vineyard Subdivision]
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Thanks Census Data, you always have the cool graphs/pictures! That Average by State helped ease some fears over here too!
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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here, use this link:

NCDC Storm Events-Select State

after you choose Kentucky, you can search by county and storm type, back to 1950. There have been twelve tornadoes in Jefferson County in the last 42 years...so not a real common occurence.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Thanks so much, everyone...That info. put my mind at ease, as we are looking in Jefferson co.- Thanks again!
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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Tornadoes can happen anytime anywhere, given the right conditions. Yes, they are more likely to happen in the alley areas, but believe me....no place is immune to natural disaster. Don't let that stop you from moving where you want to be. Maybe I don't think it's a big deal b/c I grew up in tornado alley and used to forecast weather in Oklahoma and also lived in Texas for 13 years. I have only experienced one tornado, and that was in Chicago of all places. Washington state had a tornado about a month and a half ago....that is really really rare...they don't even get one per year....so, I say don't worry.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:24 AM
 
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Default eek

I'll throw in something else to worry about:

The New Madrid Fault!!!!

Argh! I was happier not knowing about it!

The tornado alley is moving all over the place nowadays, btw, they can happen all over, we are having tornadoes where before there were none. Portland had one, when I was living off the coast of WA state we had one on an ISLAND (no, not a waterspout, a real one), now they are also in NM where before they weren't, etc. It's weird.
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