Pat Shingleton: "It's NOW the Dixie Alley..."
Over the past week, the Storm Prediction Center has targeted our area with a slight risk of severe weather on two occasions. AccuWeather.com noted four years ago that "Tornado Alley," including Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, has shifted its threat area. The average number of tornadoes in this region is 225 through early April. Recently, experts believe that due to persistent Gulf moisture, a south-shifting jet stream and lingering winter time Canadian air, a decrease in the number of twisters in this region could be fewer than previous years. Climatologists have also validated that the Dixie Alley - including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama is now the predominate tornado prone region in the United States.