Where Is The Tornado Alley?

It is rather a loosely defined territory in the United States and the term refers to the areas where the occurrence of tornadoes is more frequent than the rest of the nation. It is a term coined by the media and no official definition, which defines Tornado Alley, exists. Some define it as the area between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains while others stretch it from central Texas to the Canadian prairies and from Colorado to western Pennsylvania.

Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley sometimes proves to be a misnomer because there are some areas in the Tornado Alley which have never been hit by a tornado. Critics often cite the super tornado breakout of 1974. The tornados swept through Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Amazingly, none of the states is a part of the Tornado Alley according to some definitions. In spite of all this, the term is still often used in the United States.

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