Tornado Alley—it moved

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  1. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Over the past 50 years, it seems that Tornado Alley has shifted South and East. Used to, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle was Tornado Alley. Now, Mississippi and Alabama get the worst (and seemingly the most) tornadoes.
     
  2. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^Chop, it seems that the climate has created a second Tornado Alley in the Gulf States. The original Tornado Alley is still in place, but now, as you noted, we are seeing a lot more very destructive EF-4 (or worse) in the South.
     
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  3. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Alabama got smashed by tornadoes again. Miss/Ala is the new ground zero for tornadoes.
     
  4. nashhorn

    nashhorn 5,000+ Posts

    Not new.
     
  5. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    Tornado warnings around Eagle Lake, heading toward Sealy. Houston area is expected to have some really bad weather today.
     
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  6. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Keep alert.

    Speaking of which, once I was driving and my cell phone starting going bananas. When I could, I stopped at a stop light, I read what it said (the cell phone was still ringing and buzzing all over the place). Something to the effect of: 'Tornado warning. Location: on your location, immediately overhead.'
    !?!?!?!?! :yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes:
    So I opened the sun roof window cover. Just a bunch of low hanging clouds. Watching them you could possibly make out some rotation in there--maybe ... Still, I rapidly hauled a$$ out of there. Fortunately, no tornado actually ever touched down. Probably just some radar-detected rotation. Or the notorious "hook" on the radar...?
     
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  7. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    Many years ago ... probably mid 1990s ... I was driving south on SH 288 between Houston and Angleton when the radio station said there was a radar-indicated tornado approaching the area of SH 288 and FM 518 east of Pearland (this was when there was practically NOTHING out there except for one very new subdivision that was being constructed); of course, I was approaching the SH 288/FM 518 intersection and the people on the radio were telling everyone in that area to take cover immediately ... so I took an exit and parked at the office or HOA building for the new subdivision, hoping I could gain entry (but no, it was locked). So I'm standing there, wondering if I'm about to get clobbered by a tornado, when some local resident pulls up, gets out of his vehicle, and starts complaining to me about the stormwater drainage on his block (I guess he thought I worked for the developer or something). I nodded my head a lot and said yes, m-hmm, we'll get right on it. Then I got in my vehicle and dashed away south. Never saw any tornadoes that day.
     
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  8. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    I've personally seen tornadoes in Galveston (sizable bent-finger waterspout about 2 miles out in the Gulf), in Brazoria County (spindly thin little short-lived tornado--maybe strong enough to turn over a small trailer that wasn't properly strapped down), and in the Arkansas Delta (a Big Bad wall cloud tornado that rapidly sucked in the air from almost a mile away; blew the crap out of some farms and cars) before.
     
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  9. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Houston area is getting hit hard indeed. First tornadoes over Katy & NW suburbs, now NE of town has warnings...
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2023 at 9:23 AM
  10. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    I am at 9 Greenway Plaza (SW Freeway & Edloe); the clouds are zipping by at 45-50 mph, pretty cool to watch.
     
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  11. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    Radar confirmed tornado at Sienna, moving NE toward western Pearland
     
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  12. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    Reports of a large tornado on the ground near Pasadena
     
  13. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    Deer Park and Baytown
     
  14. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    They just called a Tornado Emergency
     
  15. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Texas tornado track | khou.com

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    The above Pasadena/Deer Park/Baytown tornado was classified as an EF2--very strong for a tornado so close to the Gulf.

    Yesterday has got to be one of the most tornado-ey days Greater Houston has suffered that did not involve a hurricane or a tropical storm.
     
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  16. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

  17. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 2,500+ Posts

    They were predicting that southern Matagorda and Brazoria counties would get the worst from this line of storms. They were completely off on that.
     
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  18. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    • WTF? WTF? x 1
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2023 at 8:32 PM

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