20 March 2012
Posted in Tornado Alley
What brings Florida to the top of the list?
“Several things contribute to there being a lot of tornadoes in Florida; it’s surrounded by water so they can get tornadoes any month. Also, Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the United States. It has the most thunderstorms per square mile and some of those storms produce tornadoes,” says Dr. Forbes
Due to Florida’s tendency for hurricanes, tornadoes are formed as they begin to move inland after making initial landfall. With the added threat of the tornadoes during hurricane season Florida is virtually prone to twisters all year round. Tornadoes are a risk close to nine months of the year in Florida because of the combination of tornado season, March to May, and hurricane season, June until the end of November.
What cities are at the top of the list?
Dr. Forbes also ranked the cities with the highest tornado densities. With an average of 7.1 tornadoes per every 1,000 square miles, Clearwater is the top tornado city in the United States. Tampa- St. Petersburg and Melbourne are also ranked among the top 10. Three of the top ten tornado cities in the country are within 100 miles of Orlando! Be sure to have a home emergency supply kit. Some supplies to include in your kit are food, water, batteries, medications, flashlights, glows sticks and a radio.
To learn more about tornadoes and the ability to predict them, don't miss Tornado Alley, premiering March 24 in the Dr. Phillips CineDome.