Why the US has so many tornadoes It’s not you. Phones are designed 2 days ago   05:51

Share
Vox
Vox
Tornado Alley experiences more tornadoes than anywhere else in the world — why?
This video is presented by CuriosityStream: https://www.curiositystream.com/Vox

Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab

The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country, averaging over 1,200 per year. Most of those twisters are touching down in the central part of the country in an area called “Tornado Alley.” While the boundaries of this tornado hotbed are disputed, there’s no denying that something is going on here — and it all has to do with geography.

The map we use in this video for Tornado Alley boundaries is from NOAA — you can find that and more information on their website: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events/us-tornado-climatology/tornado-alley

Information on tornado averages and trends can also be found at NOAA:
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events/us-tornado-climatology/trends

You may have noticed on our graphic around the one-minute mark that many of the Southeastern US states are prone to tornadoes as well. This is because they’re part of an area called “Dixie Alley.” The main difference between this area and Tornado Alley that tornadoes in Dixie Alley are more likely to touch down in the fall, while Tornado Alley experiences twisters in the early spring. This happens for the reasons outlined in the video above. This article offers a fairly compelling comparison of the two:
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.660.5241&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Finally, this video offered a simplified explanation of a really complex weather phenomenon. This National Geographic article does a really great job breaking it down again and also offers information on why it’s so hard to track and predict tornadoes:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150511-tornadoes-storms-midwest-weather-science/

Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO

Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.

Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE
Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
MailFootballSoccer

Comments 926 Comments

Vox
Hey everyone! Our Production Manager Ashley and I had a little too much fun researching footage for this video and wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Head over to the Video Lab to check out our recommendations for some of the best tornado videos on the internet (and a little karate too).
www.youtube.com/vox/join

- Kim
Nicky h225
Haha, a tornado traumatized me
Doofenshmirtz evil incorporated
4:58 *woah! Wow! That took me as surprise! Wasn't expecting such a beautiful face to show up in this video! ❣*
t s ó l a r i a
Oh my god I am so scared of the sky
Adam Nelson
My uncle works for NWS. Geography plays little role.
Ben M.
I live in Kansas and I've seen three tornadoes. They are devastating, but in a weird way they are also beautiful.
J A Y
We're not even phased anymore
Ktime360 OG
Tornado Recipe:


1 Thunderstorm (must be warm and moist also uplifting)
1 Jet Stream
1 supercell


Boom now you have your tornado
Alexander Stooshinoff
loved that advertisement at the end :)
Osman Aden
I live in London and most extreme weather we had was surprise rain
Logan Hudson
I lost my job due to a tornado blowing the building over. Thanks Iowa
overquoted
I've never seen one. But I've had one wake me up at 3am. And I once walked into a Best Buy, only to see my nearby town on the tvs because a tornado was going through the middle. And my best friend survived the Moore tornado in 2013. She was about a mile and half away from its path. Was fun visiting her and she's trying to talk me into moving there while also pointing out where a car used to be in a tree.
ninejot
Fascinating how geography influences weather in a small region
NGC 7635
4:58 OMG WIAFU...I mean. Nice to see you.
Its Juan
I can assure you tornado alley does go much farther east
DinoDXZ
Supercell is a game company too haha lol.😂😂
badnessofhour
tornado alley: a totally twisted place
some person
I am from Córdoba Argentina and I saw an F3 tornado in 2003
Elvis Molina
I learned how to do a resengan a while ago
Arctica The Fox
Zero recorded in Alaska? Woah
Add Reply

It’s not you. Phones are designed Why the US has so many tornadoes 2 days ago   05:49

Share
Vox
The 3 design elements that make smartphones so hard to put down, explained by Google’s former design ethicist.

Check out Christophe's video on how designers find inspiration in nature: http://bit.ly/2DDIQAL

Read Ezra Klein's full interview with Tristan Harris: http://bit.ly/2og5v0H

Read our interview with Catherine Price: http://bit.ly/2C8gxsT

Batch notification research by the Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University & Synapse Inc

Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO

Today’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. But that’s kind of the point. When people talk about the “attention economy,” they’re referring to the fact that your time and attention are the currency on which today’s applications make money. Because apps profit off of the total time you spend on their platform, there’s a strong incentive to use psychological tricks to keep you endlessly hooked. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tristan Harris, who runs Time Well Spent, is working to create a world where platforms can more honestly respect their users’ time.

By Design is a new Vox video series about the intersection of design and technology, hosted by Christophe Haubursin. Stay tuned for more, and check out Christophe's most recent work exploring design in our Vox + 99% Invisible collaboration: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ8cMiYb3G5fHjUoTiRuJVucCLxYJliQ_

Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com

Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE
Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o

Related Videos