According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the central United States experiences more tornadoes than any other location in the world. Its flat, wide expanse fosters combinations of weather conditions favorable for tornado formation. Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa and southern Minnesota are particularly prone to tornadoes.Continue Reading
Tornados are powerful windstorms characterized by a funnel cloud, which is a quickly rotating column of air that stretches from the ground up to a cumulonimbus cloud. Newly formed tornadoes have invisible funnels. As the storm gains speed and power, debris sucked into the tornado give the funnel cloud its characteristic gray color. The whirling column of debris also contributes to the roaring sound associated with large tornadoes.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory reveals that 90 percent of American tornadoes are small, weak and cause little to no property damage. The remaining storms are huge, immensely powerful and cause huge swaths of destruction. These tornadoes topple skyscrapers, toss trucks into the air and present extreme threats to ground-based life.
Although the central United States has the world's highest concentration of tornadoes, the storms occur on every continent except Antarctica. After the contiguous United States and Canada, the areas that experience the most tornadoes are central Asia, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.Learn more about Storms
The largest concentration of tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley, which encompasses most of the Great Plains of the central United States. One quarter of the most significant tornadoes in the United States occur in Tornado Alley. Oklahoma experiences the highest number of tornadoes and the most severe tornadoes in the United States.Full Answer >
Areas that experience the highest number of tornadoes each year include the United States, Argentina and Bangladesh. While tornadoes form in many different parts of the world, certain conditions cater to the formation of frequent tornado outbreaks.Full Answer >
Countries all over the world are affected by hurricanes and cyclones, but the National Weather Service states those most affected include China, The Philippines, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Madagascar and Cuba. In terms of landfall, the United States has had 268 known hits in history. Since 1970, China has had the most typhoon hits.Full Answer >
In the United States, tornadoes are most likely to occur between early spring and summer depending on the location. This time frame is sometimes called "tornado season."Full Answer >