Tornado corridor identified in Norfolk and Suffolk
13:49 16 June 2015
It has long been said that a patch of south Norfolk is particularly prone to tornadoes - and now researchers have proved it.
An area, nicknamed “Tornado Alley”, which runs up through areas of south Norfolk and into north Suffolk towards Ipswich has now been included on a new UK map of tornado hotspots.
The new report by The University of Manchester has found Norfolk and Suffolk had on average three tornadoes a year between 1980 and 2012, about 10pc of the national average meaning there is 3pc to 4pc of one occurring in the region’s ‘Tornado Alley’ every year.
Researchers of the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences have produced the map of the UK from public data collected by Tornado and Storm Research Organisation. The map shows where tornadoes were reported over the 33 years - Norfolk recorded a total of 52 tornados and Suffolk had 43.
Although not included in these figures in January the village of Forncett End, near Long Stratton was hit by a mini- tornado with recorded wind speeds of up to 60mph causing significant damage to properties in the area.
Overall the country experienced 1,240 recorded tornados in this period, a average of 34 tornadoes every year.
The lead report author Kelsey Mulder said: “The UK actually has more tornadoes per area than any other country. The probability of a tornado hitting in Norfolk and Suffolk is low, however this could be because this is a large area and data shows occurrences are less likely to be publicaly reported, than higher populated areas such as Berkshire.
“We can not remotely sense the phenomenon, so we rely on people reporting sightings.”
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