Western Kentucky University

Poster Title

Risks of Nocturnal Tornadoes in the Mid-South

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Western Kentucky University

Abstract

Nocturnal tornadoes are those that occur between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Nocturnal tornadoes have been shown to have an increased fatality rate since nocturnal tornadoes are difficult to spot and often occur when the victims are sleeping. The vulnerability to nocturnal tornadoes was found to be greatest in the Mid-South region of the United States. Tennessee and Kentucky ranked 1st and 3rd in the United States in the percentage of all tornadoes that are nocturnal.

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Risks of Nocturnal Tornadoes in the Mid-South

Nocturnal tornadoes are those that occur between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Nocturnal tornadoes have been shown to have an increased fatality rate since nocturnal tornadoes are difficult to spot and often occur when the victims are sleeping. The vulnerability to nocturnal tornadoes was found to be greatest in the Mid-South region of the United States. Tennessee and Kentucky ranked 1st and 3rd in the United States in the percentage of all tornadoes that are nocturnal.