Meteorologist: Myths no protection from tornadoes

TornadoLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Weather experts in Kansas say people should not trust in myths to keep them safe during severe weather.

A legend called the Tonganoxie Split, for example, purports the hills divert severe weather away from the Kansas City metropolitan area, Lawrence and Tonganoxie. But in fact, a tornado hit Tonganoxie in 2000, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes and nine businesses.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports other area weather myths officials say shouldn’t be believed are that tornadoes can’t jump Burnett’s Mound, a high point in the southwest part of Topeka, and that tornadoes can’t cross rivers or form at high altitudes.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch warns against having a false sense of security based on myths, and says residents should always have safety plans.

  • Kansastwisters

    Nothing irritates me more then when people come up with their own tornado theories/myths and I’ve heard some good ones from the locals here in Hays. 1.) Hays will never get hit by a tornado since its in a “valley” 2.) Storms that move “backwards” are stronger and more dangerous (I’m guessing that means East to West since almost all tornadoes have a Northeast track) 3.) A highway overpass is a great place to take shelter.