Next Episode of Tornado Alley is
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."
Chance encounters enable strangers to survive tornado nightmares; separation for a family hurts worse than the storm; two strangers rely on instinct to survive a multiple vortex tornado.
A family skips the town shelter; an immigrant from Nigeria finds strength is his new community after the loss of his wife.
A girl who lost her own grandmother to a tornado three years earlier is saved by three rescuers; a older girl finds her inner courage; a campus ministry member and a storm chaser unite to help people in the storm.
Frozen yogurt stop becomes shelter for strangers in Joplin, Missouri; families look for help after winds destroy their small town; cell phones save a couple's daughter during a storm.
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