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Has tornado alley moved to the south east?
Sort of (see the comments at the source link).
Hi, apparently the intervening 6 years have erased those comments you mention. Do you remember the explanation? Being a resident of the Gulf Coast, I assume it's mostly due to the tornadoes that spin off of hurricanes?
No - I just checked. They're still there. At the source link (scroll down to the map). But they don't say why it has happened.
Yeah, we may have tornadoes down here in Tampa, but they are F0s - "Oh, look, a couple of trees were knocked over. We might have had a tornado!" Whereas up in Kansas, Oklahoma, etc, they get those monster F5s that are 1/2 mile wide and destroy towns.
Great post. Makes me smile at my undergrad degree in Atmospheric Science.
I don't find it so remarkable that there are so few tornado watches in the northeast. I'm from Central New York and I only remember one reported tornado since I've been alive. That was probably around 1997.
What's also incredible is that around 75% of the tornadoes in the world occur in the US.