to the U.S. Weather Service, nowhere on earth is more prone to have
tornadoes than in certain parts of the U.S. In
the news we are always hearing about "Tornado Alley" (Oklahoma, Kansas,
etc.) which has many tornadoes in the spring of the year. But there's
another tornado-prone part of the U.S. we rarely hear
about. It's in the southeastern U.S. along the Gulf Coast where I
Tornado season there is during a different part of the
year. It can be tragic like this scene captured from my TV a few
years ago when a high school calapsed on some children.
I received an email that listed the to Ten most tornado prone cities
in the U.S. Prominent were cities in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and
Kansas but in with the top 10 were also Jackson, Mississippi, and
Here are some quotes and statistics from the U.S. Weather Service about it.
Alley is a nickname given to an area in the southern plains of the
central U.S. that consistently experiences a high frequency of
tornadoes each year... The Gulf Coast area has a separate tornado
maximum nicknamed "Dixie Alley" with a relatively high frequency of
tornadoes occurring in the late fall (October through December)."
to violent tornadoes (those of EF3 or stronger...), are relatively
rare, and do not typically occur outside the United States."
"...on average over 1000 tornadoes hit the U.S. each year, ...20 can be
expected to be violent and possibly one might be incredible (EF5)."
"One of the main difficulties with tornado records is that a tornado,
or evidence of a tornado must have been observed. Unlike rainfall or
temperature, which may be measured by a fixed instrument,... If a
tornado occurs in a place with few or no people, it is not likely to be
THIS MEANS THE RURAL
SOUTHEAST, WHICH IS FULL OF HILLS AND TREES, MAY HAVE EVEN MORE
TORNADOES THAN THE FABLED "TORNADO ALLEY" BUT NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE
BECAUSE IT IS OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE THE TORNADOES THAT FALL IN WOODED
2005 FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WERE JUST AS MANY TORNADOES IN MISSISSIPPI AS
THERE WERE IN TEXAS AND THERE WERE 3 TIMES AS MANY TORNADOES IN ALABAMA AS
THERE WERE IN OKLAHOMA!
YOU LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE OF VIOLENT STORMS, ALABAMA AND
MISSISSIPPI HAVE MORE VIOLENT TORNADOES PER SQUARE MILE THAN TEXAS
WHICH IS OVER 3 TIMES THEIR SIZE.
WORSE. THE SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE INJURED OR KILLED IN A
SINGLE YEAR HAPPENED IN 1936 WHEN, ON APR. 5th & 6th, 2 TORNADOES
HIT GAINESVILLE, GA & TUPELO, MS THEN INJURED OR KILLED 1,803 PEOPLE. THE PREVIOUS
DAY, TORNADOES IN TUPELO INJURED OR KILLED 916.
MISSISSIPPI & ALABAMA RANK 2nd & 3rd IN THE NATION FOR THE
NUMBER OF TORNADO DEATHS BY STATE EXCEEDED ONLY BY THE STATE OF TEXAS
WHICH ACCORDING TO THE 2010 CENSUS HAD 5 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS
ALABAMA AND 8 TIMES AS MANY AS MISSISSIPPI. ON A PER CAPITA
BASIS, THAT MAKES THE DEEP SOUTH THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE NATION
IF YOU'RE AFRAID BEING KILLED BY A TORNADO.
(Source: http://www.alabamaskywarn.org/Statistics/Tornado_deaths_by_state.html & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_by_state)