Both terms are outdated, some experts say.
“To be honest, I hate the term ‘Tornado Alley,’” Steven Strader, an atmospheric scientist at Villanova University specializing in severe weather risk mitigation, told The Washington Post last year. He said he also hates the term “Dixie Alley.”
“What people need to understand is that if you live east of the continental divide, tornadoes can affect you,” said Strader.
P. Grady Dixon, a physical geographer at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, conducted a study showing the area most prone to tornado action is in Mississippi, not Oklahoma or Kansas.
“The term ‘alley’ is restrictive, suggests something that is spatially long and narrow so to speak,” Grady told the Post. “We have a tornado region that’s essentially the eastern 40% of the continental U.S.”