For many years, Wichita Falls was considered one of the southern most points of tornado alley. Looks like things could be changing.

What is Tornado Alley?

Back in 1952 U.S. Air Force meteorologists Major Ernest J. Fawbush and Captain Robert C. Miller, used the term as the title of a research project to study severe weather in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. The project was looking at the frequency of tornadoes touching down in certain parts of the country. They dubbed North Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas as the hotbed for tornado activity at the the time. Over the years, Louisiana, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska have joined the conversation for "Tornado Alley". One constant always remained, Texas and Oklahoma were always a part of it. Maybe not so much anymore.

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American Meteorological Society Says Tornado Alley No Longer Accurate

Seems like over the past few years, the argument for moving tornado alley more East, is actually getting more and more accurate. The latest survey from the American Meterological Society says that during a study of 35 year periods.  1951-1985 and 1986-2020 show that more tornadoes happen more frequently to the East since the original tornado alley science went down.

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What is the "New" Tornado Alley?

According to the research, these states now have tornado activity the most frequently.

  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky

Does this mean that Texas and Oklahoma are in the clear from tornadoes? Of course not! They're just not happening as frequently as in these other states as they once did. Check out below what you should do in case a tornado touches down near you, so you have a plan in place before it happens.

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KEEP READING: What to do after a tornado strikes


LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Anuradha Varanasi

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