New Addition to Tornado Alley

With Increased Destruction, a New Tornado Alley Emerges. Now there is a Dixie Alley in addition to the well-know Tornado Alley in the western U.S.

It’s no mystery why the stretch of America’s heartland from Iowa to Texas became known as Tornado Alley. Every spring, twisters up to two-and-a-half miles wide—wider than Manhattan—churn across flat fields, open roads and, typically, sparsely populated towns, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage each year.

In terms of the number of twisters, Tornado Alley is still dominant. But in recent decades, the bulk of the destruction inflicted by these storms has shifted to the southeast U.S., a swath of states from Louisiana to Georgia meteorologists have dubbed Dixie Alley

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2 Responses to New Addition to Tornado Alley

  1. recoverydiva says:

    Interesting point. Is is just increased impact and not a higher no.of incidents?

  2. plodinec says:

    Shortly after Y2K, I looked into deaths from tornadoes. The state of Mississippi had the highest number of deaths caused by tornadoes of any state from 1950 to 2000. The data in the article is consistent with the idea that there were more deaths from tornadoes in the SE than elsewhere. I have to wonder how much of the increasing property damage in the SE is simply due to the increase of wealth here, i.e., it’s not clear to me that there really has been that much of a shift, if any at all.

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