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Question

Why does it seem like tornadoes avoid downtowns of big cities?

Answer

Downtowns cover tiny land areas relative to the entire nation, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

The chance of a tornado hitting a major downtown is low -- not for any meteorological reason, but because downtowns are small targets.

The idea of large buildings destroying a tornado is a myth. Even the largest skyscrapers pale in size and volume when compared with the total circulation of a big tornado from ground through thunderhead.

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