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  •  the easiest way to avoid tornados, all tornados (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, northsylvania

    is to simply move to Mexico or Canada or Europe or Africa because God, in his infinite wisdom, picked the good old USA to play tornado in.  Anywhere else in the world your chance of getting blown away by a tornado doesn't fit on the percentage scale.  Karma? only if there really is a God.
    Even here, your chances of being killed in a tornado are on the same scale as winning the big lottery unless you live in a trailer court.

    "HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE" , bumpersticker on a burning Subaru

    by tRueffert on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 04:36:14 AM PDT

    •  That might be true if climate change (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      weren't taking place.

      Even Mexico can have tornadoes. Yucatan is one of the most hurricane-struck areas of the earth and tornadoes can accompany outlying reaches of hurricanes.

      Canada had a very severe tornado last year near Ontario.

      The trailer court thing is really not true either.  There have been tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas , for a couple examples among many, which wiped solid homes off their foundation -- nothing left but a concrete slab. Not a bathtub or toilet or pipe sticking out of the ground.

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      by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:49:39 AM PDT

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    •  Supposedly, (1+ / 0-)
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      more tornadoes are spotted in the UK than anywhere else. However, they're generally small and the reason everyone sees them is because we live cheek to jowl.
      One day I did see the familiar clouds combined with that hue shift sky and, being Texan, freaked and got my ass and my cat under the stairwell. Luckily the twister hit over the hill and did very little damage.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:54:10 AM PDT

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    •  The USA has the best setup for severe weather (5+ / 0-)

      by sheer location. Canada gets them too, but not as frequently because of their distance from the Gulf. Mexico gets them. South Africa gets them almost as bad as we do because they're bound by water on 3 sides.

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