Why does the Midwest get tornados more than any other part of the country?

@kgwat70 (13398)
United States
May 6, 2007 7:02pm CST
It seems to me that the Midwest gets more tornadoes than anywhere else. Does anyone know why that part of the country gets more tornadoes than anywhere else? It is sad what happened in Kansas and Texas recently and probably would be scared to live in the Midwest. My deepest sympathies to those who died and to those who lost a loved one.
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7 responses
7 May 07
it's due to high pressure over low pressure or something like that, im not too sure but places have different pressure ratings which cause tornado and hurricanes
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
7 May 07
That is definitely very interesting to know and appreciate very much your information. I wonder how much different the pressure ratings are there compared to here or other places. We get some here too but not very often.
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• United States
7 May 07
My opinion of this, being that I am from the Midwest(originally) is because the land is much flatter. There are such wide open spaces with hills or caverns..which lends to good environment for the twisters to roam.;)+
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
11 May 07
I did not know that flat lands has a lot to do with helping tornados develop and stay strong and cause damage. I have never been to the Midwest so I would not know what it is like out there.
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@KrauseHome (28094)
• United States
7 May 07
Well, I grew up in IL, and have seen the devistation that a Tornado can cause, and have even seen one a time or two. They are a little scary, but I have also been in and experienced one Earthquake, and for me, I would rather see and be in a Tornado area again than to be in an Earthquake. Most of the time with a Tornado, you have a little more warning, and be prepared, but this is my opinion. Yes, my thoughts and Prayers have been with the families and friends of those killed in the recent Tornados.
@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
7 May 07
Some of the areas known as tornando alley are flat lands. The storms can just barrel across the land. I live in the mid west, we have had tornandos where I live. Thankfully not for a long time. Tornadoes happen when warm fronts collide with cold fronts, the weather gets very unstable. The upper atmoshere churns and spawns tornandoes. I think in mountainous areas they don't get tornadoes. I do know there is a danger of tornadoes during hurricanes.
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@Thoroughrob (11772)
• United States
7 May 07
I am not sure but it sure seems like there are more of them all the time. The storms are getting more severe and producing more of them all over. They are leaving more and more destruction all over.
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• United States
7 May 07
From what I understand, it has to do with the warm, moist Gulf air meeting cooler, drier air coming across the land from the north. In the Midwest, these two forces collide. At this time of year, those two air masses are at their strongest and most different. The air collides and creates storms and updrafts that form tornadoes.
• United States
11 May 07
I believe it's a matter of location. The pressure zones either come from up above (north) or down below (south) and the location of the Midwest is just about in the middle. I think that, along with the flatness of the land tends to allow more movement of the pressures and clashing of the temperature zones together. I agree with you, it is truly very sad and my sympathies go out to anyone involved. May God give them the strength to carry on.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
11 May 07
I certainly would not want to live out there if they are getting tornadoes as frequently as they do. Hopefully there will be no more tragedies and hope that the people who lost their homes will get help from the government to rebuild a new home.