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June 24, 2007|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

The June 13 tornado near Butler in northern Baltimore County stirred Barry Brown of Sparks to write: "Has anyone other than myself realized that this problem is exacerbated by urban/suburban sprawl? It seems because of over-development of this area, that `tornado alley' is moving north." I don't buy it, Barry. If sprawl triggered tornadoes, we'd see far more in New Jersey than in Kansas. But as more people move to, and build in, the Hereford zone, we do have more people to witness funnel clouds and sustain wind damage.

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