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Why the US has so many tornadoes

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Tornado Alley experiences more tornadoes than anywhere else in the world — why? This video is presented by CuriosityStream: https://www.curiositystream.com/Vox Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country, averaging over 1,200 per year. Most of those twisters are touching down in the central part of the country in an area called “Tornado Alley.” While the boundaries of this tornado hotbed are disputed, there’s no denying that something is going on here — and it all has to do with geography. The map we use in this video for Tornado Alley boundaries is from NOAA — you can find that and more information on their website: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events/us-tornado-climatology/tornado-alley Information on tornado averages and trends can also be found at NOAA: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events/us-tornado-climatology/trends You may have noticed on our graphic around the one-minute mark that many of the Southeastern US states are prone to tornadoes as well. This is because they’re part of an area called “Dixie Alley.” The main difference between this area and Tornado Alley that tornadoes in Dixie Alley are more likely to touch down in the fall, while Tornado Alley experiences twisters in the early spring. This happens for the reasons outlined in the video above. This article offers a fairly compelling comparison of the two: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi= Finally, this video offered a simplified explanation of a really complex weather phenomenon. This National Geographic article does a really great job breaking it down again and also offers information on why it’s so hard to track and predict tornadoes: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150511-tornadoes-storms-midwest-weather-science/ Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (6 months ago)
Hey everyone! Our Production Manager Ashley and I had a little too much fun researching footage for this video and wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Head over to the Video Lab to check out our recommendations for some of the best tornado videos on the internet (and a little karate too). www.youtube.com/vox/join - Kim
Maydine FRANCK (3 months ago)
Hey, up there, I think it's time too deeply look at this issue and find good solutions for fixing the problem. Ain't a scientist neither an engineer... I am just wondering if air and temperature manipulations could stop the process, avoid the tornado to touch the ground..? Deviate the storm to a inhabited area? Thanks to temperature manipulation, a kind synchronized weather distortion by man hand?
robinsss (4 months ago)
there is no logical reason for the  warm moist air of the Amazon rainforest to move toward the south because the jet stream is pushing all the air on the continent toward the east ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….logically the moist air from the Amazon should move toward the east along with all the other air on the continent ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… logically the air from the gulf of Mexico should also move toward the east  because the jet stream moves most air in north America from the west to the east but  in the description given in the video the gulf  air moves toward the northwest against the direction of the jet stream to reach northern  Texas...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..once you know that that is a very strange direction  for  air to move in North America then you have to figure out why it is happening and moving against the  jet stream to reach Northern Texas
Leonardo* da*Vinci (5 months ago)
Lightning next to tornados are likely anty gravity engines that discharge from time to time in a time sequence.
Abandoned CT (11 hours ago)
Haven’t watched the video yet... just waiting to see how many times they say “Climate Change” in this video, my guess is 5
Bryan Rogers (15 hours ago)
No one: Tornados: COWNADO!
Kalai Mang (18 hours ago)
I live in tornado valley and it be cool sometimes.
XRdude (19 hours ago)
Tornado Alley lookin' like Madagascar.
SOVIETUNION _324 (3 days ago)
You know global warming is getting worst when Canada is about to see tornadoes
Muhammad Awis abd Shahadan (3 days ago)
Siapa pula cipta tornado itu?..ada jawapan?..air dari langit raja mana pula turunkan?..mana pula muka raja yang mahu disembah itu?..sudah binasa ke belum ni?..
Muhammad Awis abd Shahadan (3 days ago)
Yearghhh,why and why why?..next
HpMates (5 days ago)
I live in tornado alley 😎👌
Bryson Rodden (5 days ago)
I live in Tulsa Oklahoma. If there is a warning and sirens we go outside to watch it.
Fandom Ninja (5 days ago)
I live in Florida and we usually get a few small tornadoes here and there. I saw one during hurricane Irma a couple years ago.
Jade TheGem (6 days ago)
Very good educational video, but another factor in how strong a tornado can be and lasts depend partially on how level the terrain is, states in tornado alley are usually full of plains and open fields which tornadoes love, gives it an easier path to touch the ground. I live in Southern Missouri, before a tornado just being outside was like everything had stopped, it was like a yellow tint and an odd kind of moist warm air, nothing hut silence and a suspiciously calm wind was blowing.
my playlist of garbage (6 days ago)
Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma USA
Yotam1000 (6 days ago)
The only thing I saw is a hurricane in the Phillipines
Paul Hutcherson (6 days ago)
Jeremiah 30 : 23 , 24 ]     23. Look! A WINDSTORM of Yahawah will BURST out in FURY, A SWEEPING TEMPEST that WHIRLS DOWN ( TORNADO , Hurricane )on the HEAD of the WICKED. 24. The burning anger of Yahawah will NOT turn back Until he has carried out and ACCOMPLISHED the INTENTIONS of his heart. In the final part of the days you will understand this. TEMPEST = storm , squall , gale , hurricane , tornado , cyclone , typhoon , superstorm , thunderstorm , cloudburst , downpour , rainstorm , hailstorm , deluge , monsoon , tropical storm , electrical storm , snowstorm , blizzard , dust storm , dust devil , williwaw , ice storm , windstorm , buran , turmoil , tumult , turbulence , ferment , disturbance , disorder , chaos , upheaval , disruption , commotion , uproar , furor Upheval = disruption upset disturbance trouble turbulence disorder disorganization confusion turmoil pandemonium bedlam furor uproar disarray chaos mayhem cataclysm revolution violent change Ferment = agitation and excitement among a group of people, typically concerning major change and leading to trouble or violence These scriptures are talking about the final part of the days something that people already know we're in , and it's describing EVERYTHING that is and has been happening.
Eric Silver (4 days ago)
Kaylee Grandstaff (6 days ago)
I live in norman!!!
Playing with Anastasia and Elliana (7 days ago)
Knock knock Whose there Why do twisters hate tornado ally Cause it uses there favorite word tornado
classic Mr bot (8 days ago)
Florida:LET mE dRiVe ThE bUs!
Annika Lunsford (9 days ago)
That number for Oklahoma cannot be right. Oklahoma is considered the center for tornadoes which is why Norman is where everyone goes to study them
Hamburger Hambucket (9 days ago)
I think I should move out of North America
Garrett Boyd (10 days ago)
She always sounds like shes about to cry at times
Omar Khattab (10 days ago)
Wener bopper
iifeelpeachy (10 days ago)
Literally it was snowing 10 minutes ago, now the tornado sirens are going off Why Oklahoma WHY
Jek Tono Porkins (12 days ago)
I grew up on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. On my 5th birthday an F3 tornado struck my neighborhood. I remember my dad snatching me up out of my bed and literally tossing me into a closet. He grew up in West Kansas so he knew what was going on. The neighborhood legend is that he ran around the blocks in his tightie-whities yelling "TURN THE WATER OFF!" while the tornado was bearing down. He ended up getting glass embedded in his head which he had to have surgically removed. I also remember waking up and looking at where our front wall was supposed to be and going "Oh, the wall is gone." We had to move in with my grandparents while our house was being repaired. So that's my tornado experience, hopefully I don't have to live through another one.
Cheryl Mysliwczyk (12 days ago)
Wait Vox didn't blame Trump ?
Breathless2012 (16 days ago)
I think tornado alley does extend more east. I live in Missouri and we get our fair share of tornados every year. Though I do live in a part that’s closer to Kansas so there’s that.
Zynkx (17 days ago)
Any one else watch this after like 8 tornadoes in a day
Preston Estes (19 days ago)
I’ve seen one form in the parking lot of where I work. I live in Alabama. We get them several times a year around where I live. I’ve seen so many that is not funny. Honestly, when I hear the tornado warning go out on my phone and tv I’m like, “Hmh, tornado warning. ‘Shrugs shoulder’. Anything good on tv.” It’s just another day here. I only worry when I hear the sirens go off. The it’s get animals inside and get to the hall. Usually over in 10min and back to everyday life.
Michael Jing (19 days ago)
How about parts of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and New Mexico on the map
Robloxian Motors (24 days ago)
I live here in kansas and people who don't live here think we get tornadoes yearly or monthly. When in reality I've never seen a tornado for 4 years, on average.
non-potable water (25 days ago)
I feel like there should be a gap around Yukon, OK and a denser bubble around Moore, OK. Yukon has gotten close but never hit by a tornado... Wish Moore could say the same 😅
ImDeadInside (29 days ago)
apparently uruguay has an increased likelyhood of tornados tho i think its had like 50 tornados in 200 years
Ethan Vo (1 month ago)
もしT • 9 Years ago (1 month ago)
J unio R (1 month ago)
I’m from Europe and I’ve never heard of tornadoes in Europe. Maybe it’s because I live in the north ?
J unio R (1 month ago)
Regardless, that map shocked me
Cisco4kid1990 (1 month ago)
when I stayed in down south Illinois I seen a tornado but when I lived in middle Colorado it would storm all the time but no tornados witch is odd cuz its closer so you think it would have been the opposite
Cisco4kid1990 (1 month ago)
that U.S. map was wrong most of California doesn't have tornados and if they do they are really small so little they shouldn't even be on the map
YOXOMO 's (1 month ago)
Well.. that's not bad! Tornados are not dangerous!
Luis Cañamar - MediaBros (1 month ago)
Something something climate change something something capitalism evil something something socialism good
crisal7 (1 month ago)
I think USA gets so many tornadoes as a punishment from the gods of the left because of their sins, like white supremacy, toxic masculinity but mainly because of Trump presidency.
American Woodcock (1 month ago)
I live in the northeast, and I’ve seen one tornado in my life. But boy is there blizzards and hurricanes.
Happily Kermit (1 month ago)
i live in colorado. i didnt know it was apart of tornado ally. im telling my parents to move now, tornados are very deadly, even ef-0's
oof (1 month ago)
"Tornadoes are dangerous" *flying cows*
Rylen Cason (2 months ago)
I lived in Norman, Oklahoma. If you saw green skies on a March afternoon right before a thunderstorm with no wind, you will be having a bad evening.
Amazingplaysroblox 124 (2 months ago)
Cows got to go julla we got cows Another cow Actually I think it’s the same one
Trainrailfannerawsomeness Law (2 months ago)
Iowa is technically a part of tornado alley
Trainrailfannerawsomeness Law (2 months ago)
Not just those states you cut off Iowa
SandboxArrow (2 months ago)
I’m glad I live in Minnesota
903 37 (2 months ago)
“Get out humans THIS IS OUR LAND”
Henry Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Thing is the dust cloud is a debri cloud
JAR100 (2 months ago)
Wait there’s tornadoes in Arizona? I’ve lived here my whole life thinking that tornadoes never happened here. Arizona doesn’t get earthquakes or any other natural disasters besides dust storms which hardly even happen. Dust storms are harmless anyways
Ethan Greenberg (13 days ago)
JAR100 Tornadoes can and do happen in every state.
OLGMC (2 months ago)
What place do you want to live in? West: Earthquakes East: Hurricanes South/Central: Tornados North: Blizzards
Og Loc baby (2 months ago)
Aly pixar (2 months ago)
Great video
Otter InBham (2 months ago)
It's obviously a policy failure on the part of our government.
phantom gameing (3 months ago)
Sun hold my beer
Dylan Knutson (3 months ago)
yo im from norman oklahoma 👀
Dxge (3 months ago)
What the heck I did not know Canada haves Tornados I live in canada
Gerardo Espinoza (3 months ago)
It's because of chemtrails in the sky messing the climate. Folks there you have it.
pretend there's a name (3 months ago)
“All of Europe” Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe: ...
Anonymous bub (3 months ago)
I just had my second tornado warning in my life in New Jersey
clocont (3 months ago)
We got tornado watches on Halloween and warnings lol
Glitched Blox (3 months ago)
Never seen a tornado before.
I love Angelique (3 months ago)
I’ve been near a tornado (as in the same town) twice, neither times in tornado alley. First time: Lufkin, Texas. Someone’s house in the same town was destroyed. The night of the tornado, our power went out. Second time: Libertyville, Illinois. I was at the mall and when we got back my mom said there was a tornado. We saw an area that, like most of the area, was forsety. And it looked like it was hit by a small tornado. It was EXTREMELY close to the mall I was at.
I love Angelique (3 months ago)
0:22 of course I’m near the red zone, but I’m on the California coast. Also, how is that possible? We don’t have clouds in California *ew*
I love Angelique (3 months ago)
I think Kansas is bleeding again.
Miss Vega (3 months ago)
Living in Texas for nearly 20 years. I'm just glad that I haven't been in any threat. Just simple heavy winds and the sirens coming up.
Christos Frantzeskakis (3 months ago)
I live in Houston, no tornado sirens here. Tornadoes can occur in the city, but pretty few.
Maydine FRANCK (3 months ago)
Hey, up there, I think it's time too deeply look at this issue and find good solutions for fixing the problem. Ain't a scientist neither an engineer... I am just wondering if air and temperature manipulations could stop the process, avoid the tornado to touch the ground..? Deviate the storm to a inhabited area? Thanks to temperature manipulation, a kind synchronized weather distortion by man hand?
Victor Ceja (3 months ago)
Because it’s the land of sin
Jacob Painter (3 months ago)
Couple of things: I’ve lived in Oklahoma for my entire life, never seen a tornado. It’s very disappointing especially since I used to go seek them out when I was going to school at OU and living in Norman. BUT! I never really knew how they work until watching this, so thank you! Lastly, I see your carefully placed vinyl copy of the best album of all time ‘In Rainbows’. Vox likes Radiohead and I like you for it. Keep up the great work!
Blueflower L (3 months ago)
keepingupwith jee (3 months ago)
So Alaska hasn’t seen 1 tornado ? Im moving there
shayfay00 (4 months ago)
2019 was a pretty devastating year for tornadoes
Verb The Producer (2 months ago)
Not as bad as 2011
BlazeTron 9 Gaming (4 months ago)
i had a sand tornado before can you explain that?
Lps Rosie (4 months ago)
I live in Illinois, and I’m scared of anything assigned with storms
Charles Choate (4 months ago)
I live in Oklahoma. Tornado sirens are just a noise you hear often. It's not even alarming anymore. Lol
Obama's last name (4 months ago)
I live in tornado alley and I just think my state is bipolar
simple bitch (4 months ago)
california and alaska: **starts shaking**
Tyler Cooper (4 months ago)
I've lived in tornado alley my entire 34 years on this earth and I still have never seen a tornado...
Tome Rodrigo (3 months ago)
It is probably like a buying a scratch card...but in a negative way (if it takes houses and makes damage) I would love to see tornado, always been fascinated by it, but that will not happen in the London :D
iiPixlz (4 months ago)
I'm from Oklahoma and tornado warnings just make us drive around looking for a twister
Gabo's Gaming 510 (4 months ago)
I don't know why am commiting again I live in California and this says that their is tornados happen in California?
Gabo's Gaming 510 (4 months ago)
I thought that 1000 tornados a year But 1300 tornados happen in the US a year I guess that was a little lie ?
Snqwy (4 months ago)
Look at the thumbnail. Can someone explain why Madagascar is in the middle of the United States??
Snqwy (4 months ago)
@Stoneybrook Forge The begging
Stoneybrook Forge (4 months ago)
It's not. It just the shape of it looks like Madagascar, but its distorted. I did believe that at the begging ;/
Lemon Head (4 months ago)
I know it may sound wierd but why not try building housing units that are underground in these areas. It might not be as appealing but you wouldnt have to worry as much.
Blox Playz 123 (4 months ago)
England also has tornadoes this year in 2019 there was a tornado , but the strongest tornado on record in England was a EF3 tornado in Birmingham 2005 England gets a tornado about 5-10 years
Blox Playz 123 (4 months ago)
i have seen a supercell in england , but only once
Jessen Fernando &Playing Games (4 months ago)
Im lucky that i don't live in usa
Dennis Szadeczky (4 months ago)
Its funny that America has the weakest houses meanwhile there is a lot of threats
rage storms (4 months ago)
What kind of house can withstand a tornado I would love to see it
Sam Afgan (4 months ago)
They should make storm shelters for all those poor cows :(
Veronica W (4 months ago)
I live in tornado alley. Here after three tornado hit my city on September 11, 2019
maria hernandez (4 months ago)
Just Kiyomi (4 months ago)
And here in Japan I stress over Earthquakes --
L Bo (4 months ago)
While this still is very interesting to me.. I'd love to see something like this about hurricanes as well. They seem to be more abundant and my city personally has been devastated by hurricane floods 3 times in a few years.
ceazer (4 months ago)
Every country has its own problems to deal with.
Chattey (4 months ago)
Thanks youtube! Right after a tornado hit my town...
JOSHUA NOYOLA (4 months ago)
Build the wall and make the gulf of mexico pay for it.TRUMPETA 2016.
Charley Is a person (4 months ago)
Just two weeks ago there were three tornados where I live
minus - (4 months ago)
Each year the tornado Alley moves
rage storms (4 months ago)
No that's a misconception and there are actually three tornado alleys
N96ZG (4 months ago)
I grew up In Kansas City and it is common to go outside and look for the tornado when the sirens go off.
rage storms (4 months ago)
The people on Joplin used to do that too
Idk what a good name is (4 months ago)
Has Arizona had one?