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Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Pm This Evening To Noon Akst Monday... * What...heavy Wet Snow. Total Snow Accumulations Of 12 To 16 Inches Are Expected. * Where...white Pass On Klondike Highway, Mainly Above 2500 Feet. * When...snowfall Will Begin Sunday Evening With Greatest ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:40pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 9 Pm Akst Monday... * What...strong Winds And Near Blizzard Conditions. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Winds Gusting To 60 Mph Are Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 6 Inches Are Expected. Visibility Will Be Near Zero At Times In Snow And ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00pmTarget Area: St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations 6 To 12 Inches, Heaviest From The Dalton Highway West. * Where...from The Dalton Highway West. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Southeastern Brooks Range

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 8 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches Northwest Of Allakaket. Blowing Snow Will Cause Low Visibility Over Dalton Highway ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Upper Koyukuk Valley

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Am Monday To 3 Pm Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 6 To 12 Inches Expected. Blowing Snow Will Cause Areas Of Low Visibility. * Where...upper Kobuk And Noatak Valleys. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 3:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 11:47amExpires: December 11, 2017 at 7:00amTarget Area: Coffee; Dale; Geneva; Henry; Houston

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Alachua; Baker; Bradford; Clay; Inland Duval; Inland Nassau; Marion; Putnam; Union

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... .a Cold And Dry Airmass Will Remain In Place Across The Area Tonight. Light Winds Will Allow Temperatures To Fall Below Freezing For A Few Hours Toward Sunrise. ...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 8:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Citrus; Coastal Hernando; Coastal Levy; Inland Citrus; Inland Hernando; Inland Levy; Inland Pasco; Sumter

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Calhoun; Central Walton; Gadsden; Holmes; Inland Bay; Inland Dixie; Inland Franklin; Inland Gulf; Inland Jefferson; Inland Taylor; Inland Wakulla; Jackson; Lafayette; Leon; Liberty; Madison; North Walton; Washington

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Dixie; Coastal Jefferson; Coastal Taylor; Coastal Wakulla

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Brantley; Charlton; Clinch; Coastal Camden; Coastal Glynn; Coffee; Inland Camden; Inland Glynn; Jeff Davis; Pierce; Ware; Wayne

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Baker; Ben Hill; Berrien; Brooks; Calhoun; Clay; Colquitt; Cook; Decatur; Dougherty; Early; Grady; Irwin; Lanier; Lee; Lowndes; Miller; Mitchell; Quitman; Randolph; Seminole; Terrell; Thomas; Tift; Turner; Worth

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Possible Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...near The Alaska Range. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:22pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kuskokwim Valley

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...near The Alaska Range Including Delta Junction. * Winds...southeast Winds Gusting To 70 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday Afternoon. The Strongest Winds Are Expected From Midnight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Deltana and Tanana Flats

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 80 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Denali

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 85 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Eastern Alaska Range

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...along The Alaska Highway From Dot Lake To Tanacross. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Speeds Overnight... ...high Wind Warning In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday... The National Weather Service In Glasgow Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday. * Winds...northwest 40 To 50 Mph With Gusts Up To 60 Mph. * Timing...tonight And Through The Overnight Hours. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 10:19pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 4:00amTarget Area: Sheridan

Sep 30

With Increased Destruction, a New Tornado Alley Emerges

It’s no mystery why the stretch of America’s heartland from Iowa to Texas became known as Tornado Alley. Every spring, twisters up to two-and-a-half miles wide—wider than Manhattan—churn across flat fields, open roads and, typically, sparsely populated towns, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage each year.

In terms of the number of twisters, Tornado Alley is still dominant. But in recent decades, the bulk of the destruction inflicted by these storms has shifted to the southeast U.S., a swath of states from Louisiana to Georgia meteorologists have dubbed Dixie Alley.

Since 1997, on average, tornadoes in Dixie Alley have caused more than $600 million in property damage annually (accounting for inflation) and killed more than 40 people a year, compared with $470 million in damage and 13 deaths a year in Tornado Alley. And that’s despite almost 3,000 more twisters touching down in Tornado Alley during that time.

Dixie Alley Emerges As America’s Most Deadly Tornado Region

Each region’s share of property damage, injuries and deaths from tornadoes by decade

So far, 2017 has been particularly active for tornadoes in the Southeast. Eighty-one tornadoes touched down in the Southeast over three days in late January, killing 21. And a record 123 confirmed tornadoes touched down in Georgia through the end of April, with 20 more unconfirmed since then, according to preliminary data. Seventeen people died in those storms in Georgia, which also caused $329 million in damage

Dixie Alley Outpaces Tornado Alley So Far in 2017

Through Aug. 13, 365 tornadoes have been reported in Dixie Alley compared with Tornado Alley’s 328

Dixie Alley

Tornado Alley

Rest of U.S.

Note: Tornado reports are preliminary and subject to revision. Data are through Aug. 13.

If atmospheric conditions are favorable, tornadoes can strike anywhere at any time—even in Alaska, where three tornadoes have been confirmed since 2004. Climate change is often closely tied to extreme weather events, such as drought and stronger hurricanes. But that’s not necessarily the case with tornadoes.

Victor Gensini, a professor in atmospheric sciences at Northern Illinois University, said that, for now, the percentage of thunderstorms that yield tornadoes is too low to link the increase in Dixie Alley’s share of tornadoes to man-made climate change.

“Can you link any particular season to climate change? The answer is no,” Gensini said. “But climate change is sort of what we say ‘loading the dice’ for these events to happen.”

In some ways, the climate of the Southeast has increasingly made Dixie Alley a bull’s eye for tornadoes. In November, as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico meets the jet stream receding from the Great Plains, Dixie Alley typically experiences a second tornado season. Eleven percent of the tornadoes that have hit Dixie Alley since 1997 struck in November. In Tornado Alley, more than 75 percent occurred between March and June.

Dixie Alley’s Two Tornado Seasons

Moist air that commonly hovers over the Southeast means that tornadoes often spin up with less than 15 minutes’ warning—and tend to strike more sporadically throughout the day. Over the past two decades, 28 percent of Dixie Alley tornadoes hit between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., when it’s typically dark outside and people might be less prepared to take cover.

Nocturnal Tornadoes a Problem in Dixie Alley

Share of tornadoes since 1997 by time of day

Weather conditions aren’t the only factor when considering the destruction in Dixie Alley. A higher proportion of people there live in mobile homes than do people in Tornado Alley. These structures are particularly vulnerable during a storm and contribute to the increasing share of fatalities in Dixie Alley.

The Southeast is also more populated than the Great Plains states in Tornado Alley. Georgia is among the fastest-growing states in the U.S., with many transplants settling in and around Atlanta, which has grown 41 percent since 2000. The Birmingham, Alabama, metro area has grown 25 percent, and Nashville, Tennessee, is up 52 percent during that time, too.

Historically, tornadoes tend to hit rural areas more often than urban ones. But as cities in Dixie Alley continue to grow, so do the chances of a direct hit from a major tornado—as in 2011, when an EF-4 tornado ripped through downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing 65 people and costing more than $2 billion in property damage.

Sporadic as tornadoes may sometimes be year to year, the trend is clear: The onslaught of tornadoes in Dixie Alley means the Southeast should be on notice.

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