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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 (1 month ago)
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Bobba Rockersons (9 days ago)
Can I smell your foot
Leonardo* da*Vinci (24 days ago)
Lightning next to tornados are likely anty gravity engines that discharge from time to time in a time sequence.
bellasparkle8 Minecraft,lion king,castle cats,more (1 hour ago)
Is Canada ok in Toronto?
Kristin L. (6 hours ago)
And then there was Florida...
Luna and moon Thegalaxywolves (10 hours ago)
I’m glad that I went to Gulf of Mexico at the right time before dying oof ;-;
Luna and moon Thegalaxywolves (10 hours ago)
I’m in Lubbock so maybe I’m safe?
oh noes (15 hours ago)
I just learned the word Debris in 5th grade,and people are using it
Georgia Smith (16 hours ago)
That's because everything's ruined
Mozzarella Cheez (1 day ago)
You know cows are depressed because 60% of them are getting picked by tornadoes
Mario87456 (1 day ago)
How dare you put all of Florida in the tornado zone! There are virtually no tornadoes there!
Nicholas DuBoise (2 days ago)
radiohead album behind her. sweet
Tim Svea (3 days ago)
My earliest memory as a child was a tornado going over our house while we huddled and prayed in the basement. We remained unharmed, if not a bit shaken.
Reese REESE (3 days ago)
I seen one down by Dallas, but not by west Texas, where I am now living, which is more closer to them. All my 10 years living here I haven't seen one again lol.
Zach Van Harris JR (4 days ago)
Gary Hawkins (4 days ago)
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SSN KRAMPUS YT (4 days ago)
Wrong places for tornado alley
tar beans (4 days ago)
You know it's bad, when your watching this and living in Nebraska
Middle school Life (4 days ago)
2:58 how to make Americans understand
Jaheems (5 days ago)
I felt the air who else did?
C0unt1ng 5heep (5 days ago)
Uk is the tornado capital of the world i think you will find, we just dont have many significant ones, but we have more :P
Rose Easton (2 days ago)
@C0unt1ng 5heep i'll make this short; quality over quantity. no matter how many baby tornadoes you get, they still don't even come close to the kind that hit nearby me. i don't think you've ever seen the torrential hail, wind and lighting that comes with tornadoes like the ones that hit about a week ago.
C0unt1ng 5heep (5 days ago)
@Marshal Parsons Nah man, i only know this because i watched a documentary on it literally yesterday. We get more than America, annually, they just pale in comparison to the ones that hit the US. I couldn't believe it either, then i did some research on it.
Marshal Parsons (5 days ago)
More per square foot yes (only because your country is smaller). But more Tornadoes annually, not even close.
Gutta Boy (5 days ago)
Isn't it possible to hornace that power and transform it to useful energy?
Max Flohr (6 days ago)
Never thought about this but do other countries ever have tornadoes? Sounds like just a middle america thing??
Joseph Joe (3 days ago)
Did you even watch the video lol?
Cipher (6 days ago)
You marked the wrong side for South Africa. South Africa mainly gets tornadoes on the west coast and central. Not the east coast because there are too many rivers and mountains like the Drakensburg.
Stuart Little (6 days ago)
Somebody needs to check their facts. The UK actually gets more Tornados 🌪 than the USA. Around 2000 per year. However nearly all of them are either off shore, or only a category F1 or less. The USA does get way more Tornados 🌪 of an F3 or higher strength than the rest of world.
Sauce (6 days ago)
I lived in Tulsa, OK for two years and witnessed 3 tornadoes & 2 earthquakes ..all in just two years ..the weather out there is unpredictable
TapTap Games (6 days ago)
Wait so cow can fly
Carlin98 (7 days ago)
It’s a hurricane but on land
Alex Hillman (7 days ago)
Texas has twice as many as Oklahoma I never would have thought that
Marshal Parsons (5 days ago)
Yeah, it's because of Texas size compared to Oklahoma. Though Texas has the most Tornadoes on average Oklahoma and Kansas both tend to have more significant Tornadoes (EF3 or Greater) than Texas.
Purity 7 (7 days ago)
When I was little I was at a beach in Michigan and a tornado came down and turned into a water spout in the lake I live at it was terrifying there was so much wind but honestly unluckily I never saw it I didn’t look back when I was running huge regret it would have looked awesome
John Daker (9 days ago)
So why does Florida have the 3rd most of any other state? We get lots of them, but they usually aren't as big as the ones in the midwest.
Dbxbxb Xbxbbxn (7 days ago)
Xternalz .-. (8 days ago)
John Daker hurricanes
PIZZAROLLZZ (9 days ago)
I was in a ef 2 tornado in Illinois
taylor_is_a _smol potato (9 days ago)
Welp this helps me cuz I’m planning to be a storm chaser when I’m older
Beep (9 days ago)
I live in Illinois and we might not be in tornado alley we still get a ton of them each year.
Marshal Parsons (5 days ago)
Tornado alley actually doesn't have official boundaries. There are many different versions of Tornado alley, some of which actually do include Illinois.
Weather Geek (10 days ago)
Y’all in the Midwest get your tornadoes from thunderstorms. Here in Florida, we get them from hurricanes and cold fronts 😂
Pineapple Juice (10 days ago)
Dope, weather is kinda interesting. Do more videos on it.
Jesus Covarrubias (10 days ago)
West America: Earthquakes Mid American: Tornadoes East America: Hurricanes
Mozzarella Cheez (1 day ago)
Amazon: Fire
Jack Sam (2 days ago)
@bopp9 Not in yours, your kids, or your grand kids life time.
yeet (3 days ago)
Northeast america, blizzards
Marshal Parsons (5 days ago)
Southern US, both Tornadoes and Hurricanes. Sometimes at the same time
King K. Rool (10 days ago)
Oklahoma gang😎
Dynamac mc (10 days ago)
I live in East Tennessee and I’ve seen a tornado before but we don’t get many because of the mountains
AlexDoesStuff YT (12 days ago)
In the Florida Panhandle we get Tornado Warnings every other summer day.
bert fromarketin (12 days ago)
Ive survived 2... Harrowing but exciting..lol
katia jimenez (15 days ago)
southern california really just out here having earthquakes and bipolar weather
Samsng Device (17 days ago)
Antonov A-40 (21 days ago)
Heath Roe (21 days ago)
Bra I see a tornado like every spring y’all! Oklahoma is a tornado hot spot
Dota Game (25 days ago)
i never experienced a Tornado, Hurricane or an earthquake, am i lucky ?
c l a u d i a (24 days ago)
Dave Otuwa (27 days ago)
3:05 company that made CLASH ROYALE
Dave Otuwa (27 days ago)
Humanity's imagination as well dream: tornado extinction
Dave Otuwa (27 days ago)
Everybody hates tornadoz.
Raquel Jaen (27 days ago)
Why the US has so many tornadoes? me, an intellectual: their God hates them
My Partner Eevee (28 days ago)
so y'all are the people making all these thunderstorms..
EATA DICK (29 days ago)
please take the yankee off of the story. no goldilocks
bellasparkle8 Minecraft,lion king,castle cats,more (29 days ago)
DID IT GO ON CANADA ON?? I live in Canada Ontario
FTG222 (30 days ago)
I live and Oklahoma, and pretty much every day in May we have some kinda severe weather warning.
Nicky h225 (30 days ago)
Haha, a tornado traumatized me
Doofenshmirtz evil incorporated (1 month ago)
4:58 *woah! Wow! That took me as surprise! Wasn't expecting such a beautiful face to show up in this video! ❣*
t s ó l a r i a (1 month ago)
Oh my god I am so scared of the sky
Adam Nelson (1 month ago)
My uncle works for NWS. Geography plays little role.
Ben M. (1 month ago)
I live in Kansas and I've seen three tornadoes. They are devastating, but in a weird way they are also beautiful.
J A Y (1 month ago)
We're not even phased anymore
Ktime360 OG (1 month ago)
Tornado Recipe: 1 Thunderstorm (must be warm and moist also uplifting) 1 Jet Stream 1 supercell Boom now you have your tornado
Alexander Stooshinoff (1 month ago)
loved that advertisement at the end :)
Osman Aden (1 month ago)
I live in London and most extreme weather we had was surprise rain
Logan Hudson (1 month ago)
I lost my job due to a tornado blowing the building over. Thanks Iowa
overquoted (1 month ago)
I've never seen one. But I've had one wake me up at 3am. And I once walked into a Best Buy, only to see my nearby town on the tvs because a tornado was going through the middle. And my best friend survived the Moore tornado in 2013. She was about a mile and half away from its path. Was fun visiting her and she's trying to talk me into moving there while also pointing out where a car used to be in a tree.
ninejot (1 month ago)
Fascinating how geography influences weather in a small region
NGC 7635 (1 month ago)
4:58 OMG WIAFU...I mean. Nice to see you.
Its Juan (1 month ago)
I can assure you tornado alley does go much farther east
DinoDXZ (1 month ago)
Supercell is a game company too haha lol.😂😂
badnessofhour (1 month ago)
tornado alley: a totally twisted place
some person (1 month ago)
I am from Córdoba Argentina and I saw an F3 tornado in 2003
Elvis Molina (1 month ago)
I learned how to do a resengan a while ago
Arctica The Fox (1 month ago)
Zero recorded in Alaska? Woah
OkieMommy (1 month ago)
I usually don’t worry too much, i don’t live in Moore, just next to it. My Aunt and cousin lost their home in 2013, they lives next to Plaza Towers
J Cortese (1 month ago)
Tornadoes always struck me as things that, if you didn't know they existed and I described one to you, you'd call me a liar. "There's this form of violent weather that's like an intense, spinning funnel that goes around 300mph and descends out of the sky at you like a big hose--" "Yeah, right. Pull the other one."
Lindsay Lavender (1 month ago)
Oh my gosh I always thought it was Tornado Valley
Chris (1 month ago)
Diego Delgado (1 month ago)
Why do tornadoes usually happen in the evening
LeeLicious (1 month ago)
A turn8'r! Well tarnation!
TS Fallout (1 month ago)
Illinois gang
Renzo Marna (1 month ago)
In Uruguay they are becoming more regular ever since the turn of the century. It's hard to tell really how many have been because the countryside is really underpopulated so probably most have gone unnoticed. But there's been between 10 to 15 noteworthy ones with fatalities and significant damages in the last 20 years. There are reports of tornadoes happening before, like in 1963, but it was very rare before 2001 and that has clearly changed.
Philip Varga (1 month ago)
We have tornadoes in europe?
FedoraMiaza (1 month ago)
Hey Vox! Can we please have a schedule from you for the different series you upload (Ex. Darkroom every X day or Almanac every Y day). Thankyou! Btw, love your videos.
Heinrikkk Channel (1 month ago)
Why Philippines is included in the map? Never seen or heard places having tornadoes here before.
D. Steven (1 month ago)
"Even still" is the most annoying redundant term since "irregardless". I have no idea how it got started.
Daniel Padilla (1 month ago)
I blame Trump and Russia.
Kate Hansen (1 month ago)
Typically tornado alley also extends a bit into areas of southern prairie Canada. My aunt’s house was completely destroyed by one last time year
M W (1 month ago)
Tornadoes are just jerks all windy and stuff
Aaron (1 month ago)
Cliff note version; it’s due to my Truck and cow farts 🤦‍♂️
THATGUY-ZESTER (1 month ago)
So warm moist air comes from the gulf of MeXIcO . So, build a WaLL
Sicko Mode (1 month ago)
If you named it tornado alley what did you expect?
jeremyjw (1 month ago)
i always assumed the US didn't have more tornadoes we just didn't have as much tracking data for the rest of the world
warz University (1 month ago)
Why america has too many lies from manipulating countries for oil.and the cost if civil war
BoomBang (1 month ago)
Now make a 'why does the u.s. have so many mass shootings'
ianeh (1 month ago)
BoomBang It's obvious, because of video games of course
Keyboard Warrior (1 month ago)
i’ve only seen one little dust tornado
Mike Turco (1 month ago)
Weather reflects peoples consciousness.
Diego The Realezt (1 month ago)
I see a tornado everyday when I flush my toilet.
Slave Owner (1 day ago)
That’s technically a wildfire
no. (12 days ago)
thats technically a whirlpool
D M (1 month ago)
And i'm sure if ever Trump gets new of this they will find a way to blame us Mexico for it. Trump: "It ain't called Gulf of Mexico for nothing, Mexico should grew their land to don't allow moist wind to come"
DanielP533 (1 month ago)
This video scares me
anonymous 64 (1 month ago)
She is hot
zeeshanHZ_gaming (1 month ago)
America Number 1 Again! 🇺🇸
Jan Kvapil (1 month ago)
I'm from Norman!!!!!
Ibnu Zandra BACHTIAR (1 month ago)
Short answer is The destiny