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From trailer parks to the human atria: The meandering path of rotors

      The urban myth that tornadoes target vulnerable trailer parks is often whispered whenever a nightly newscast features a story about a trailer park ravaged by a powerful tornado. Interestingly, recent observational data provide a plausible explanation as to why tornadoes seem to be attracted to trailer parks. Tornadoes more frequently touch down near geographic/topographic transition zones (eg, urban structures transitioning to relatively sparsely populated suburbs and rural areas, dense forests transitioning to flat plains).
      • Kellner O.
      • Niyogi D.
      Land surface heterogeneity signature in tornado climatology? An illustrative analysis over Indiana, 1950-2012.
      Trailer parks tend to be located in such transition zones, thus feeding the myth about tornadoes and trailer parks.
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