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Study: Tornadoes Shifting Path Towards East Coast

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why. Tornado activity …

Oklahoma Has Yet to Record a Tornado This Year

This year’s weather on the Southern Plains has an odd twist: Oklahoma has yet to record its first tornado, the deepest into the year it’s gone without one since 1962. Although a drought has dried up moisture needed to fuel …

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas Face Double Spring Threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe …

Earthquakes Expected to be Focus at National Tornado Summit

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City next week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle …

Kansas Sees Significant Increase in Tornadoes in 2015

Kansas’ 124 confirmed tornadoes in 2015 were 83 more than the previous year, tying for the fourth highest number since 1990, according to the National Weather Service’s preliminary data. Eric Metzger, a meteorologist for the weather service’s office in Wichita, …

Oklahoma Hosts 4th Annual National Tornado Summit

About 1,000 emergency managers, insurance company representatives and city leaders from across the country are expected next week at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma. The fourth annual event is Tuesday and Wednesday in Oklahoma City and also includes meteorologists …

Kentucky Residents Recall 1974 Tornado

Edna Jones was in third grade when the tornado hit Stamping Ground, Ky., on April 3, 1974, and for months she slept fully clothed, waiting for it to come back. Jones’ family lived 3 miles outside of Stamping Ground, between …

Weather Officials Say Overpass Unsafe During Tornado

Weather officials in Tornado Alley have raised concerns about a scene in the new Superman movie that they say incorrectly portrays a highway overpass as a safe place to hide during a tornado. In “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent’s dad …

After Storm Deaths, Search on for Perfect Warning

The average tornado warning in the 1980s went out only after a twister was on the ground. Continuing advances in storm prediction have since enabled forecasters to warn people before a funnel cloud is upon them, giving them precious time …

Can Tornado Alley Become Safer? Yes, Within Limits

In the wind-swept prairie called Tornado Alley, the scene is eerily familiar: Homes smashed to splinters. Trees and telephone poles snapped like twigs. Piles of bricks, overturned cars and dazed survivors sifting through rubble in search of a precious photo …