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Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

The Wizard of Oz movie in 1939 helped Kansas and the Great Plains become known as part of "Tornado Alley"--the region of the United States often visited in late spring and early summer by dangerous, sometimes violent, tornadoes. Part of the reason why is that the "dryline"--a front separating moist Gulf of Mexico air from dry air from the Southwest -- often sits across these states, helping spawn tornado-producing thunderstorms.

The Glossary of Meteorology published by the American Meteorological Society defines "Tornado Alley" as "a term often used by the media to denote a zone in the Great Plains region of the central United States, often a north-south-oriented region centered on north Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, where tornadoes are most frequent." (Source: Weather Channel)

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Classification: Documentary
Genre: Action | Discovery/Science | Drama | History | Mystery | Thriller
Status: Returning Series
Network: Weather Channel ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: April 28, 2014
Episode Order: 7
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