How come I never heard of "Christmas Tornadoes"?

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    Storm Prediction Center Monthly and Annual Summaries

    I guess because there was only one death in 2007. This year there are at least 6, so far.

    CINCINNATI, Ark. — Parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee were on the lookout for more twisters after several touched down Friday — including one that killed three people in an Arkansas town and another that killed three in southern Missouri.

    The region has been bracing for severe weather for much of the week. Gulf moisture riding southerly winds pushed temperatures into the upper 60s and 70s on Thursday — ahead of a cold front expected to drop temperatures into the teens by Saturday morning.

    Later Friday morning, in south-central Missouri, baseball-sized hail was reported north of Mansfield in Wright County.

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    New twister alerts after 6 killed in Ark., Mo. - Weather - msnbc.com

    I thought Tornado season ended in November.

    Redrawing of 'Tornado Alley' suggested / LJWorld.com

    Seems there is talk of redefining "Tornado Alley".

    Baker believes that when the climate is in a warming trend, as it has been in the past decade, the more significant tornadoes will be east of the traditional alley.

    According to the National Climatic Data Center, Texas averaged 139 tornadoes per year in 1953 through 2004, followed by Oklahoma (57), Kansas and Florida (55), and Nebraska (45).

    Looking at strong to violent tornadoes - those that are F2 to F5 on the Fujita scale - Texas averaged 29 per year, followed by Oklahoma (11) and Kansas and Iowa (9).

    Such figures support the traditional boundaries of Tornado Alley.

    But there have been 13 killer tornadoes in 2007 in the United States, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

    Ranked in the order of fatalities, the states are Florida (21), Alabama (10), Georgia (9), Louisiana (3), Oklahoma (2), Texas (1), Colorado (1) and Missouri (1).

    Going back to 2000, fewer than 8 percent of the killer tornadoes were in the traditional alley.

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    I'm not used to seeing such violent change in the weather. Looking out the window, here in Chicago, some people are wearing short pants and light jackets and every bit of snow is gone. Yesterday, it was at least two feet high. Well, they better be ready for tomorrow, it's supposed to go down to 15 degrees.
     
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    Let me guess, you think this proves something. As usual, you are correct, it proves you are massively ignorant.

    Tornadoes in Winter? | LiveScience

    Only idiots think there is anything unusual about snow, or tornadoes, in the winter.
     
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    That is just down the road from me. The southerly flow from the gulf comes up when the high pressure dome collapses. So for about 3 days we have gulf moisture coming straight up into Arkansas and the temps sail into the 60's, but inevitably a cold frontal boundary collides and this is what you get. This is very normal and can happen anytime of year except for say maybe August down here. Not uncommon at all. I've lived here 41 years and can tell you that winter tornadoes are not that uncommon.
     
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    you idiot............the jet stream is further south than normal!!!!:fu::fu::fu:


    s0n........your New Years resolution should be to find something meaningful in your life!!!

    Really..........
     
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    you didn't hear about it, because you have not been cleared by the Cheney team. they are keeping it form you.
     
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    and this proves what, Hairnet? I believe the the phrase NOTHING is appropriate.
     
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    What is the point of this thread? This crap is normal for this area. It's always been this way. Tomorrow it might be 70, the next day -10 with a tornado the day after that. They call it dynamic weather, jeez.
     
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    I have never heard of a tornado in canada or mexico or any other country as far as I can remember. I guess they do not have any?
     
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    The US is 10 times more likely to get a tornado than any other part of the world.
     

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