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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 05/21/2008

Are Tornadoes Becoming More Common?

By Jason Samenow

Dave Fahrenthold's article in today's Washington Post reports it's hard to say.

For more reading on this subject, see the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center's tornado climatology page, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center's tornado trends page, and the technical paper by NOAA scientists "Tornado Trends over the Past 30 Years" (PDF).

By Jason Samenow  | May 21, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Thunderstorms  
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Probably not since tornadoes tend to be more frequent in a La Nina year anyway.

Posted by: El Bombo | May 21, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Are there any studies tracking frequency of outbreaks by locality, such as county or zip code, over time? We all 'know' that tornadoes occur more frequently in Tornado Alley - but I've always wondered if that area moves around, at least on the margins. Could it move slowly over time?

Posted by: ~sg | May 21, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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