The Disaster Center Ranking of Tornado Risk by State
When we consider tornado risk
we should not just consider the likelihood of a tornado striking a particular State.
We should also consider the risks of death, injury and the costs of tornadoes for locations based on the size of the State.
The Disaster Center bases it's risk assessment by dividing the square mileage
of each state against the frequency of death, injury, number of tornadoes,
and cost of damages for each state. We then rank each State by these
individual categories. We then add the total of each State's indiviual rankings and
divided by the number of factors (four). The data used covers the period
of 1950 -1995
The period of the data is somewhat limited,
but the results are interesting. The fact's presented here challenge some
present day assumptions about where tornado risk is greatest.