Mississippi is right in the middle of the tornado hot spot called Dixie Alley. The alley also includes Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia, and touches other states like Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and the Carolinas. The nickname “Dixie Alley” was first coined in 1971 after the area experienced a violent outbreak of more than nine long-track tornadoes*. Storm teams are always watching for tornadoes in this region… especially during the late fall months.
Dixie Alley is similar to another hot spot… Tornado Alley, or the Great Plains “Tornado Belt”. This alley includes Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and each year experiences the greatest tornado activity of any other region in America (mostly from late spring to early fall).