Where Are Tornadoes Likely to Occur?


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According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes can occur in most areas of the world, including the United States, Australia and Europe. In the United States, there are over 1,000 tornadoes annually.

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According to The Weather Channel, areas east of the Rocky Mountains, and regions west and south of New England, are the are most likely to experience tornadoes in the United States. Florida is the state where the greatest number of tornadoes occur, but most tornadoes in this region are mild or moderate in duration and intensity.

The region referred to as Tornado Alley, which includes the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, is prone to high-intensity tornadoes. Tornado Alley experiences the greatest number of tornadoes during May and June, according to The Weather Channel.

Outside the United States and Canada, the countries with the greatest number of tornadoes are Bangladesh and Argentina, according to the National Severe Storm Laboratory. The average number of tornadoes per year in Bangladesh is six, while the average annual number of tornadoes in the United States is 1,200.

According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, tornadoes in New South Wales rarely intensify above the F2 rating. The National Severe Storms Laboratory states that tornadoes can occur in any region in the United States when conditions are present to facilitate the formation of a supercell. The Weather Channel states that the deadliest tornadoes on record have occurred in Bangladesh and the United States.

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