Parts of Kentuckiana in new Tornado Alley?
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM
The original “Tornado Alley” includes the plain states from the Dakotas down to Texas. But, after last year’s violent tornado season, CoreLogic, a private research and consulting company based in Santa Ana, California, decided to do some research. They found that the frequency and the severity of tornadoes in other areas are more widespread than initially thought.
In the report, they found from 1980 to 2009 that Kansas was the only original state from Tornado Alley among the top five for the most tornadoes. Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and Mississippi were the other four.
According to CoreLogic, at least parts of 26 states are at an extreme tornado risk. You can see from their updated Tornado Alley map, it extends into parts of Kentucky and most of Indiana.
But, there are those who dispute this report: "The report makes grand assumptions based on underlying problematic data," says Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He says there really hasn't been an increase in the most powerful tornadoes in recent years across the country.