Purdue Study on Indiana Tornadoes Shows On Edge Risk
by Sammy Edmonds
posted May 22 2014 4:13PM
A new Purdue study finds living "on the edge" means you have a greater risk of getting hit by a tornado.
The study concludes that areas where the landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland experience more severe weather or tornado touchdowns than other areas.
The study examined more than 60 years of Indiana tornado climatology data. It shows that from 1959 to 2012, many tornadoes in the Hoosier state touched down in close proximity to cities and forests.
Authorities say that while every storm is unique, information suggests location may indeed play a greater role in tornados than previously thought. The study also finds that drought conditions and climate variations like El Nino also may affect Indiana tornado climatology.