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Wisconsin's 'tornado alley' slices through central, southwestern regions

7:49 PM, Apr. 21, 2013

The term "tornado alley" conjures up images of mass destruction in central and southern regions of the country. But Wisconsin has its own version wedged in the middle of the state.

Elevation changes on the western side disrupt the air, while Lake Michigan's cool air buffers much of the eastern part. That leaves a sweet spot for tornadoes to brew in between.

"The 'tornado alley' in Wisconsin is the central and southwest part of the state," said Jeff Last, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay. "Cooler air is more stable, so it's harder for warm air to rise, which is what we ...

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