December tornadoes on the rise as ‘tornado alley’ appears to shift east

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — Few people expect tornadoes in December, let alone one strong enough to collapse the 11-inch-thick concrete walls of a sprawling, new Amazon warehouse. But the EF3 tornado that wrecked the facility near Edwardsville, Illinois, last month — one of several twisters that caused widespread damage in six states and more than 90 deaths — could be a sign of things to come. While most people associate intense tornado outbreaks with spring, weather experts say both the timing and location may be changing. Two decades ago, December tornadoes — if they occurred — plowed through fields and hom…

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