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Higher tornado frequency is shifting eastward

A recent study by scientists from Northern Illinois University (including a UGA geography department graduate) shows that the higher frequency of tornadoes is shifting to the east from the Plains towards the Southeast. While the traditional Tornado Alley in Oklahoma and the Plains is still tops, the Southeast is catching up and experiencing more frequent tornadoes, while Tornado Alley is on a downward trend. The researchers are not sure why this trend is occurring and are looking at both natural and human causes of the observed patterns. You can read more at