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Why Tornado Alley is moving southeast and how that affects Nebraska

For more than 70 years, a stripe through the middle of the United States extending from Texas north to Nebraska was known as Tornado Alley.

But meteorologists say that in the last 20 years, the alley has shifted away from the Great Plains and toward the southeast, meaning fewer tornadoes are happening in Nebraska.

“Historically, Nebraska is a unique point,” Ross Dixon, an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said. “Where we are in Nebraska, maybe there will be less severe storms, especially in the north and west, which can be problematic b...


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