Posted By RichC on March 3, 2012
Following up on yesterday’s Tech Friday weather watching post, I had no idea that we were in store for this much destruction; the front spawned over 80 tornadoes and impacted ten midwestern states. I’m sure the death toll by these strong storms without the advancements and communications available to those monitoring severe weather. It is hard to imagine what it was like to have experienced these kinds of storms without warning … before weather reporting, radar, radio, television, the Internet or cellphones (well, without the last two many of us can remember).
Thankfully those of us north of Cincinnati were spared the tornadic activity, but just a few miles to our west in Indiana, south in Kentucky and east here in Ohio, people were not so fortunate. At times like these I am far quicker to donate (and encourage others) to click over to the Red Cross. When widespread disasters hits around the world we respond … let’s do the same when it happens at home too.
Where is Tornado Alley?
By Tim Baker
Some consider tornado alley as the area where only the most intense killer tornadoes are likely to occur, looking where EF4 and EF5 tornadoes have struck in history multiple times. Others draw tornado alley only where tornado frequency is the highest, looking at areas that have recorded multiple tornado touchdowns consistently year after year. Some years certain states seem to get enough tornadoes to qualify as part of tornado alley but, when looking at tornadoes over many years in that state you see that it was just an unusual period for them. With many areas experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, traditional tornado alley maps don’t seem to represent those climate changes accurately.
I believe we need to rethink where tornado alley is with these climate changes. A warm January will lead to a shift in tornadoes to more north and eastern states than traditional tornado alley maps represent.