U.S. tornado hot spots are shifting from the Plains to the Midwest and Southeast, study finds

Tornado frequency has increased across the eastern third of the United States and especially across the mid-South, according to a new study in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. While tornadoes have increased in the East, there has been a notable decrease in twister activity across a large chunk of the Southern Plains of Texas…

GOES-17: America’s Advanced New Weather Satellite Is Still Not Working Properly

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that its next-generation weather satellite GOES-17 is still not functioning properly, although engineers have made some progress toward restoring performance. GOES-17 was launched in March and forms a key part of an $11 billion project to revolutionize American weather and environmental forecasting abilities, along with another…

Road Trip: On the Trail of a Tornado

Purdue students are among those trying to determine why tornadoes in the southeast are so deadly. Jessica Bozell recalls spending five or six hours on a freeway overpass in Alabama, wishing for bad weather. Bozell, 23, is one of a half-dozen students at Indiana’s Purdue University studying tornadoes through an observation program: the Verification of…

Americans are getting less advance notice for tornadoes, as researchers struggle to understand why

Over the past decade, scientific understanding of tornadoes has improved, and the technology available to detect them has leapt forward. Yet recent statistics show National Weather Service forecasters are providing less advance notice for tornadoes than they did five years ago and more frequently failing to detect them. The reasons for the troubling decline in…

What is Tornado Alley?

Spawned by the raging interactions of powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes are some of the most awe-inspiring and destructive natural forces seen in the United States each year. The most frequent and devastating tornado events tend to occur in the region of the U.S. colloquially referred to as Tornado Alley. “Tornado Alley is an area of the…