Most People Don’t Know About North Dakota’s Deadly Tornado Alley
When you ask the average person when – and where – they would normally expect tornadoes in the United States, what do you suppose they would say? More often than not, they’ll generally mention something along the lines of “springtime in Tornado Alley.” If you ask them to elaborate on that, it’s usually the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas that are offered up as the more-specific “wheres.”
Most wouldn’t realize a fascinating truth about where “Tornado Alley” really is if you encompass the entire season (tornadoes: they aren’t just for mid-spring anymore!): some might successfully argue that “Tornado Alley” extends as far west as parts of central and most of eastern Colorado, as far east as Ohio, as far south as Louisiana, and as far north as Minnesota and North Dakota. That’s right – North Dakota isn’t considered “safe” from tornadoes, and although we may not see nearly as many spin-ups as, say, Texas or Kansas, we DO see tornadoes every year, though at a time most wouldn’t think of: summertime. As it turns out, tornadoes in North Dakota do most certainly occur, and they tend to strike a little later than most people expect them to. Check out the stats:
We’re not sure about you, but we’re perfectly okay with F5s – and nowadays, EF5s – staying far from us, way back in the annals of history. Have you ever experienced a tornado in North Dakota? When – and where – was it? Tell us your stories in the comments!
Tori Jane is a storm chaser, writer, photographer, and the village idiot - in that order. When she's not out and about dancing with the meanest storms on planet Earth for funsies she can be found wandering, shooting landscapes, writing, editing photos, and otherwise up to no good. Legend has it that she can also be occasionally spotted typing up short bios in the third person, but those rumors are unsubstantiated.