Good Question - Can Rivers Tornado Proof A City?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Legend has it that any town or city located near a fork in two rivers is safe from tornadoes. Credit is given to the Osage Indians, native to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. They passed on tornado legends to the early settlers. Specifically, that tornadoes will not strike between two rivers, near the point where the rivers join.

Last Monday evening, some say downtown Wichita had it's closest brush with a twister in several years. But the tornado vanished as it neared the airport. So, is the legend true? Do rivers make a city tornado proof? We turn to Meteorologist Jay Prater for the answer.

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