Good Question: Do tornadoes only happen in North America?

Tornadoes are nothing new, but weather experts say so many recent outbreaks in such a short period of time in highly populated areas is a bit unusual.

Many of us tend to think tornadoes only happen in the U.S. simply because we here so much about them.

Good Question: Do tornadoes only happen in North America?

Fluffy, billowing clouds can be something nice to look at, but in an instant storms can roll in and you could be dealing with severe weather and tornadoes.

Just this month the National Weather Service says there have been more than 100 tornadoes across the country leaving a path of destruction wherever they touch down.

"We have our share, more than our share at least in the U.S. 90% occur in the Tornado Alley," said Tom Priddy a University of Kentucky meteorologist.

Priddy says believe it or not tornadoes happen across the globe.

"Many, many countries from Australia to New Zealand have had tornadoes," said Priddy.

In fact, tornadoes have been recorded in every continent except Antarctica.

Globally tornadoes typically pop up in Europe, parts of China and Australia.

"They call them different names from whirling dervish to willy willy's to a lot of times just dust devils," said Priddy.

Where ever they pop and whatever you call them one thing is for certain says Priddy.

"Same dynamics, they don't always cause the same type of damage, but anywhere you have thunderstorms you could have a tornado," said Priddy.

The National Weather Service says May is the most active month in the U.S. For tornadic activity.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 122631904 -
Gray Television, Inc.