Tornadoes Are Not All Alike

Not all tornadoes are the same.  There can be very weak tornadoes which produce winds of only around 60 mph, not much stronger than one might fine in a large dust devil.  The strongest tornadoes can produce winds of around 300 mph which are capable of destroying all but specially designed, tornado-proof structures. The most…
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Northern Plains Biggest Outbreak Of Tornadoes

Twelve people died from the Fargo tornado on June 20, 1957.  In Fergus Falls, 57 people were killed by twin tornadoes on June 22, 1919.  Thirteen died during the Fridley (Twin Cities) tornado outbreak of May 6, 1965.  But the biggest outbreak of tornadoes on record in this region happened just five years ago on…
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Peak Tornado Month

June is typically the peak month for tornadoes across our region.  What is it about June weather that causes tornadoes to form?  The classic answer, “Cold air from the north clashes with warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico,” is an almost a silly oversimplification.  That happens all the time.  Although some weak…
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Tornadoes And Climate Change

Is our warming climate effect the threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms?  From the political sides of this debate, this question can be quickly and easily answered either “Yes!” or “No!” depending on the politics.  In the real world, the answer is a lot trickier.  The trend across the United States in recent decades is…
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Are You Tornado Prone?

After last week’s first tornado outbreak of the season produced yet another tornado in the city of Moore, Oklahoma, there has been much speculation as to why Moore seems to have become be a tornado target in recent years.  Some have speculated it could be a subtle feature of geography; a combination of the slope…
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