Why Do Tornadoes Occur in the Central States More Often Than Other Places?

Why Do Tornadoes Occur in the Central States More Often Than Other Places?

If you've noticed the central states of the U.S. being hit by tornadoes more often than other places, you're not alone. In fact, it's a scientifically backed fact, one that boils down to unlucky geography – a combination of the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the Rocky Mountains to the west, and the mountains on the east side of Colorado.

When you factor all of those together, the central states is a victim of an unfortunate combination of naturally occurring features.

Though other places in the world have similar geography, such as certain parts of China and Southern Europe, the middle of the United States is the ideal location and is a target that draws in tornadoes all year round – as many as thousands of them annually.

While flat land is often blamed for their role in the creation of tornadoes, which is only one part of the problem. Instead, it's just a matter of geography, as well as how the air flows above the lands that contribute to the creation of powerful tornadoes.

It is not true that tornadoes have gotten more powerful over time. According to various sources, the number of stronger tornadoes has actually decreased over the past five decades. The only problem is that because of the growing population, there are far more people living in tornado-prone areas than ever before. Because of this, casualties are higher making it seem as if tornadoes are becoming more powerful. We are not exactly without defense mechanisms against tornadoes. Modern meteorologists can pinpoint the exact location of today's tornadoes and warn citizens well before it hits, which helps reduce the number of casualties so long as the warnings do not fall on deaf ears.

 

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