BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- New results of a tornado study out of the University of Alabama Huntsville show that Tornado Alley may be in our very own backyards.
"When we first got our initial results and it showed a bulls-eye over AR, MS, and AL, we were surprised," said Dr. Tim Coleman, a researcher at UAH and severe weather expert for Fox6.
It has long been understood that we live in a region prone to severe weather known as Dixie Alley, but the Great Plains has always been viewed as the number one region for tornado activity. Coleman and Dr. Grady Dixon at Mississippi State University used a sample of significant tornadoes going back to the first year the Fujita scale was used in real-time, back in 1973, to determine which area gets hit more often.
"We went through a number of ways of testing the data. We thought April 27th data might be biasing the results, so we took that out and the results changed very little," said Coleman.