Why Alaska Usually Doesn’t Get Tornadoes
The tornado in Joplin, Missouri, was one of the deadliest twisters in history. Tornadoes are common across the Plains states, but why not in Alaska?
On Sunday, Joplin, MO, experienced one of the most deadly twisters in history.
However, many Alaskans may be wondering why tornadoes usually don't occur in the Last Frontier.
The topography and geographical location of the Plains states make for the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms.
The radar can pick up rain, hail, and in Joplin’s case yesterday, debris being wrapped around the tornado.
While this setup of atmospheric conditions can, in rare instances, occur in Alaska, it is certainly far less common and less severe than across the Plains. We also suffer from generally low population density across the state, meaning even if a thunderstorm produces a tornado, there might not be anyone there to report it.
Tuesday will likely feature yet another tornado outbreak that could include the Joplin area. So even as residents there clean up, they join millions of others under the gun once again.